Pablo Sandoval is in the hospital with abdominal pain

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UPDATE:  Uh oh, yes, it is serious:

 

Colitis is nasty business. Here’s hoping it’s less serious than it often can be. Get well soon, Panda.

3:56 PM: Yikes:

More details would be nice. Because then we would (a) know if he was really OK; and (b) know if it was so serious that we should not make jokes about it.

Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.