Kintzler (3-2) picked up the win against the Giants on Wednesday after tossing a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts and a hit. With the Cubs trailing 11-10, Kintzler came into the eighth inning and positioned his team for the win by preventing any run damage. Teammate Kris Bryant then hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to grant Kintzler and the Cubs the victory. Through 51 appearances this season, the right-handed reliever owns a 2.45 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a team-leading 15 holds.
Kintzler allowed one run on one hit and three walks while recording only one out during a blown save in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Friday. For the second straight night, the Cubs bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, and this time Kintzler was the culprit. He entered with a runner at first and one out and promptly retired the first batter he faced, but then after an intentional walk, the right-hander issued two straight free passes to tie the game. In the next at-bat, a single won the contest for Pittsburgh. Kintzler has zero saves with two blown opportunities this year, but he should continue to receive chances as long as Craig Kimbrel (knee) is injured. Kintzler also has a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 46.2 innings this season.
Kintzler (pectoral) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The move was expected, as Kintzler appeared to progress well in his recovery, and he could play a big role in the bullpen with Craig Kimbrel (knee), Steve Cishek (hip) and Brandon Morrow (elbow) all on the injured list. Kintzler could receive some save opportunities with Kimbrel sidelined, especially after the Cubs bullpen imploded Thursday and gave up a four-run lead in the ninth inning against the Phillies. Addison Russell was also recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, while Albert Almora and James Norwood were optioned to Triple-A in corresponding moves.
Kintzler (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. Kintzler will join the Cubs ahead of Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh after getting through a bullpen session with no issues earlier in the week. With Craig Kimbrel (knee), Steve Cishek (hip) and Brandon Morrow (elbow) all on the shelf, Kintzler could be the backup closer behind Pedro Strop in the short term. He owns a 2.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 40:10 K:BB through 46.1 innings this season.
Kintzler (pectoral) could be activated prior to Friday's game in Pittsburgh, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. He threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday and is on track for a weekend activation. With Craig Kimbrel (knee), Steve Cishek (hip) and Brandon Morrow (elbow) all on the shelf, Kintzler could be the backup closer behind Pedro Strop in the short term once he's activated.