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Kintzler heads for MRI on pitching arm

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Keeping arms fresh and healthy in the Brewers' bullpen has been a chore all season, and now there's another blip on the screen.

Manager Ron Roenicke said right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler left the ballpark before Tuesday's game to get an MRI on his pitching arm.

"I think he felt it a little bit before the last game that he pitched (May 4 in Atlanta), but I think we're only talking a couple days (absence)," said Roenicke, noting the soreness was in Kintzler's lower triceps.

"When you first have soreness, you're not quite sure what it is. But it was sore when he tried to throw again today."

Kintzler's injury is the latest for a group of relievers that's been snake-bit since the start of the season. LaTroy Hawkins was on the disabled list until April 21 while recovering from shoulder surgery. Takashi Saito went on the DL with a strained left hamstring, then incurred a left oblique strain while on minor league rehab with Class AAA Nashville.

Lefty Zach Braddock was placed on the DL last week with sleep-related issues. Sergio Mitre missed time after being struck in the right forearm by a line drive in Philadelphia. Lefty Manny Parra has yet to join the Brewers after first dealing with a back issue and now a sprained elbow ligament.

"It's kind of the same as everybody else -- here goes another guy," Roenicke said. "Every time you think you've got a guy to fit into a slot, all of a sudden he disappears on you and then we're scrambling, trying to fill in that piece."

Kintzler is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in nine appearances.

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