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Brandon Kintzler

Brewers rescind DFA of Brandon Kintzler, put him on the disabled list instead


The Brewers designated reliever Brandon Kintzler for assignment on Friday afternoon, but they rescinded it a few hours later when they learned the right-hander was suffering from tendinitis in his left knee. They have instead placed him on the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter.

Kintzler, 30, has pitched seven innings thus far, allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. He was expended when shortstop Jean Segura was activated from the disabled list, so no additional roster move will be made with the latest change.

The Mets just scored 10 runs in an inning against the Brewers

Jacob deGrom, Michael Cuddyer

One might have thought things couldn’t gotten worse for the 13-23 Brewers, but they just did after letting the Mets score 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth during Saturday night’s game. Starter Matt Garza had limited the Mets to just one run — which came on an RBI single from opposing starter Jacob deGrom — over the first three innings.

Here’s how it went down:

  • Michael Cuddyer leadoff single
  • Daniel Murphy walk
  • Eric Campbell 1-3 ground out, moving both runners up a base
  • Kevin Plawecki RBI fielder’s choice, shortstop to catcher (no out recorded) [2-0]
  • Jacob deGrom single to load the bases
  • Wilmer Flores grand slam [6-0]
  • Curtis Granderson infield single
  • Juan Lagares single, moving Granderson to third base
  • Lucas Duda walk
  • Michael Cuddyer two-run double [8-0]
  • (Garza relieved by Brandon Kintzler)
  • Daniel Murphy two-run double [10-0]
  • Eric Campbell RBI single [11-0]
  • Kevin Plawecki strikeout
  • Jacob deGrom single
  • Wilmer Flores ground out

Garza finished having allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He entered with a 4.04 ERA and left at 5.72.

With three hits in his first three at-bats, deGrom becomes the first Mets pitcher to do so since Chris Young on April 5, 2011 (via Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News). The last pitcher to record two hits of his own in an inning was Adam Wainwright on April 13, 2013 against the Brewers (via Jesse Spector of the Sporting News).

Brewers avoid arbitration with Brandon Kintzler

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Milwaukee has signed right-hander Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Kintzler was projected to make around $1 million via arbitration, but the one-year deal will pay the 30-year-old reliever $1.075 million following a season in which he struck out just 31 batters in 58 innings but posted a 3.24 ERA.

Kintzler, who underwent offseason knee surgery, has a 3.26 ERA in 174 career innings for the Brewers since debuting in 2010.

2014 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

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Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Milwaukee Brewers.

The Big Question: Can they bounce back?

The Brewers won only 74 games in 2013 after averaging 85 wins per season between 2007 and 2012. Last year’s squad had a combined rotation ERA of 4.20, which ranked 21st out of 30, and the offense produced a combined OPS of .708, which ranked 18th. The pitching problems were predictable, and Ryan Braun’s 65-game PED suspension can shoulder some blame for the lacking run production.

But diagnosing a team’s issues and that team making the necessary fixes are two very different things.

Braun is back from suspension and destroying baseballs this spring in the Cactus League and the Brewers signed right-hander Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million free agent contract in late January to help bring a dose of stability to the starting pitching group. Those two items alone make an improvement over last year’s dismal 74-88 record a fair expectation, but the National League Central now houses three upper-crust teams in the Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates, and the Brewers are still lagging well behind those 2013 postseason participants. Bovada has Milwaukee’s over-under win total for the 2014 season set at 79.5. St. Louis leads the pack at 90.5 wins, Cincinnati is listed at 84.5 wins, and Pittsburgh stands just under the Reds at 83.5 wins. The Cubs, for those curious, are at the bottom of the division with an over-under win total of 69.5.

The Brewers do seem poised for a rebound, but not to a level that would push them back into division-title contention. The lineup is good but not great and the pitching staff is still short on dominant arms.

This is an organization deciding between Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds to start at first base.

What else is going on?

  • The Brewers struck gold — not an alternate jersey pun — when they landed shortstop prospect Jean Segura from the Angels in July 2012 as part of a three-player return package for starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Segura batted .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases in 146 games last season for Milwaukee while playing steady defense at the shortstop position. He was a 3.4 fWAR player in 2013 — ranking sixth in that category among major league shortstops — and he just turned 24 years old. Greinke, meanwhile, is pitching for the other Los Angeles baseball club.
  • Khris Davis was given a chance to claim regular outfield playing time last summer when Braun was suspended and absolutely rose to the occasion, posting a .949 OPS with 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 56 total games. He is now set to open the 2014 regular season as the Brewers’ starting left fielder — Braun is shifting to right — and will look to ride the momentum that he established at the end of 2013. The 26-year-old former seventh-round pick had a .288/.392/.506 batting line in 415 minor league games, so the thought is that last year’s power outburst wasn’t simply a case of small sample size theater.
  • Brewers closer Jim Henderson didn’t break into the bigs until age 29, but he quickly established himself as a highly-reliable high-leverage presence. He posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 appearances last season for Milwaukee while fanning 75 batters across 60 innings. The native of Alberta, Canada notched 28 saves. The Brewers should be able to turn most of their late leads into wins on the shoulders of Henderson and other steady relievers like Francisco Rodriguez, Will Smith, and Brandon Kintzler.
  • The Brewers operate in the smallest market in Major League Baseball but still pack the house regularly at Miller Park. They sold more single-game tickets at this year’s annual Arctic Tailgate than they did last year despite a disappointing on-field showing in 2013 and a relatively inactive offseason. A unique pregame atmosphere should keep ’em coming even if the 2014 product is buried in the division standings.

Prediction: A summer of mediocrity nets the Brewers 78 wins. Fourth place in the NL Central.