Jim Henderson undergoes shoulder “clean up” surgery

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Milwaukee had already shut down Jim Henderson for the season with shoulder problems and now the Brewers announced that the 31-year-old reliever will undergo a “clean up” surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the recovery timetable is four months, which gives Henderson enough time to be ready for spring training, but obviously he’ll head into 2015 as a major question.

After saving 28 games with a 2.70 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 60 innings last season Henderson began this year as the Brewers’ closer, but he quickly lost that job to Francisco Rodriguez on the way to posting a 7.15 ERA before being shut down in early May.

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. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

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.