Kintzler, Perez out of running for Opening Day bullpen
This has been pretty obvious for some time, but manager Ron Roenicke conceded this morning that right-hander Brandon Kintzler and left-hander Juan Perez won’t have time to get healthy enough for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
The good news is that Kintzler is finally throwing with a pain-free right elbow, and feels he’s past the mysterious ailment that derailed his Spring Training. He reported to camp as a leading contender for an Opening Day roster spot.
“At least I’m not hurting,” he said. “I can show up every morning on one thing, and that’s throwing and getting better.”
With starter Shaun Marcum on track to begin the season in the rotation, it appears the Brewers have two bullpen openings. Candidates include left-handers Zach Braddock and Manny Parra and right-handers Tim Dillard and Mike McClendon. Parra and Dillard are out of options.
Perez, an early camp standout, suffered a partially collapsed lung earlier this month. Like Kintzler, Perez is making good progress in a throwing program, but will simply run out of time.
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