Late Sunday evening, a source informed me that right-hander Brandon Kintzler would be one of the Brewers’ minor leaguers promoted to Milwaukee now that rosters have expanded for the month of September.
Kintzler briefly enjoyed a cup of coffee with the big league club in mid-2011. He posted a 3.68 ERA in 14.2 innings. Unfortunately, his season ended abruptly, when he suffered a fractured elbow that required a screw to be placed in his elbow to aid the healing process. Troubles with his elbow lingered into 2012, sidelining him throughout spring training and for the first month of the season.
The 28-year-old has thrown the baseball well as of late for Triple-A Nashville and reportedly hit 96 MPH on the radar gun over the weekend. In his last 26 outings, he has only surrendered four earned runs, while striking out 25 batters and only walking eight. That recent success has helped him compile an impressive 1.54 ERA in Nashville.
With a massive overhaul of the bullpen surely planned for the offseason, Kintzler could have an outside chance at logging substantial innings next season. His performance this month will likely serve as an audition of sorts. If he pitches well, he will enter spring training next February firmly on the radar, possessing a legitimate shot to break camp with the Brewers.