Kintzler out for MRI
Right-hander Brandon Kintzler is the latest Brewers reliever to find his way onto the injury report.
Kintzler departed Miller Park on Tuesday afternoon to undergo an MRI scan of his right triceps. He’s had discomfort at the base of that muscle, near his elbow, since his last outing in Atlanta on May 4.
Depending on the result of Kintzler’s MRI, the Brewers may once again need to raid the struggling Triple-A Nashville Sounds for a reliever. But general manager Doug Melvin said the team would probably be able to get through Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres without making any moves.
“Here goes another guy,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “It’s hard. Every time you think you have a guy to fit into a slot, all of a sudden he disappears on you, and then we’re scrambling trying to fill-in that piece.”
The season is only six weeks old but the Brewers have already seen four relievers hit the disabled list: LaTroy Hawkins (shoulder), Manny Parra (back and elbow), Takashi Saito (back and rib-cage) and Zach Braddock (sleep disorder) on the disabled list. Sergio Mitre avoided the DL, but did miss a series of games after being struck in the right triceps by a line drive.
Hawkins returned from a season-opening stint on the DL on April 21, and was used as the Brewers’ seventh-inning man on Monday night. Roenicke would feel much better if he could pin-down that role, with Kameron Loe set for the eighth and closer John Axford for the ninth.
“Before we got [Hawkins] back, we were trying to scramble to see who would do that job,” Roenicke said. “It’s a point in the game where the starter gets to the pitch count and gets in some trouble, and for that [seventh-inning] guy to get out of some innings … the good teams, they all have that spot really solidified.”
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