Fredi fine with Kimbrel's Classic workload

Fredi fine with Kimbrel's Classic workload

JUPITER, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has no complaints with the amount of work that his closer, Craig Kimbrel, has gotten in the World Baseball Classic so far.

Kimbrel is the closer for Team USA in the Classic, though he hasn't had a save opportunity yet. He finished off Tuesday night's win over Puerto Rico with a shutout inning in which he allowed one hit.

"He hasn't pitched much, really," Gonzalez said. "You want him to pitch. He's probably gotten the same amount of work at this point as if he'd stayed here, whether he'd gone to the WBC. Which is fine."

Kimbrel, 24, struck out 116 batters in 62 2/3 innings in 2012, and he has led the National League in saves in each of the past two seasons.

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