Kintzler walked the first four batters he faced in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, throwing only nine of 25 pitches for strikes in the outing, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
It was only his second appearance of the spring, but there was little positive to take away from this performance. The veteran right-hander is still expected to open the season as the Marlins' closer after signing a one-year deal with the club in the offseason, but if Kintzler continues to fight his control as the spring proceeds, it could open the door for Ryne Stanek, Drew Steckenrider or another hard-throwing Miami reliever to push their way into the saves mix.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated that Kintzler will be the team's primary closer this season, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.
Mattingly didn't explicitly list Kintzler as the closer but made it clear that's the direction the team plans to go. Ryne Stanek and Drew Steckenrider could theoretically enter the conversation as well, though that pair has combined for just seven career saves, a total dwarfed by Kintzler's 49.
Kintzler signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Marlins on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran right-hander put together a solid season with the Cubs in 2019, posting a 2.68 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 48:13 K:BB with 17 holds and one save over 57 innings. Kintzler figures to enter spring training in a setup role for the Marlins, but save opportunities could be in store given the team is without an established closer. Former starter Jose Urena finished the 2019 campaign in the role with uneven results, which could provide save chances for Kintzler or Ryne Stanek.
Kintzler worked around a hit batsman to throw a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Cardinals. He earned his first save of the season.
Kintzler turned in a couple scoreless appearances in his first two outings back from an oblique injury, and manager Joe Maddon decided to reward him with the save opportunity. Craig Kimbrel did not pitch in the game and has not made an appearance since Sept. 21, when he gave up back-to-back homers in a loss. A free agent this winter, Kintzler should have plenty of suitors after posting a 2.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 55 percent groundball rate during his only full season in Chicago.
Kintzler (oblique) will be available out of the bullpen Friday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
A mild left oblique strain has kept Kintzler off the mound for 10 days. He'll be a valuable weapon in the back part of the Cubs' bullpen now that he's ready to go, as he owns a 2.82 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 54.1 innings this season.
Kintzler (oblique) is expected to throw off a mound "in the next day or two," Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Kintzler hasn't pitched in a week due to a mild left oblique strain, but he'll test the injury later in the week to determine his availability moving forward.
Kintzler has been diagnosed with a mild left oblique strain, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Kintzler has reportedly been dealing with a nagging oblique injury of late, which may explain his struggles in his last outing. He surrendered two runs on three hits over one-third of an inning Tuesday against San Diego. Per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Kintzler has been throwing, but he hasn't been cleared to return to game action just yet.
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.
Kintzler (pectoral) threw a bullpen Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Kintzler is eligible to return ahead of Friday's game against the Pirates. The veteran reliever is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 40:10 K:BB in 46.1 innings and remains one of the Cubs' top right-handed options out of the bullpen.
Kintzler was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a right pectoral strain, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Kintzler was set to throw prior to Tuesday's matchup, and his side session evidently didn't go well. He'll be held out for at least the next 10 days as a result. Skipper Joe Maddon noted that the Cubs are simply exercising caution with Kintzler and that the injury isn't serious, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com. Pedro Strop (neck) was activated in a corresponding move.
Kintzler (pectoral) is set to throw on the field prior to Tuesday's game against the Oakland, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Kintzler underwent further testing after he experienced discomfort in his right pectoral Monday night, and the Cubs will have him throw prior to Tuesday's matchup to get a better idea of his availability for the remainder of the series. If he's healthy, Chicago could elect to roll Kintzler out in save situations until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the IL.
Kintzler is dealing with discomfort in his right pectoral after allowing a hit and striking out one over 0.2 innings Monday night against the Athletics, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Kintzler managed to finish the inning, but he'll undergo further testing following his outing. The Cubs likely won't know more on the right-hander's status until Tuesday. A healthy KIntzler could tally a couple saves while Craig Kimbrel (knee) is on the 10-day injured list.
Kintzler (1-0) earned the win Saturday against the Cardinals, pitching a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts.
Chicago starter Yu Darvish was ineffective, but the Cubs rallied to tie the game at 5-5. Kintzler kept it that way with his work in the top of the eighth inning, then grabbed the win when Chicago scored again in the bottom of the frame. The 34-year-old righty has stood out for the Cubs this year with a 2.45 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 13 strikeouts through 14.2 innings.
Kintzler allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of work during Friday's 13-10 loss to the Brewers. He struck out two.
Kintzler was the fifth Cubs pitcher of the game, and he allowed Milwaukee to extend its lead to 13-5 on a three-run homer by Eric Thames. The righty now has a 7.36 ERA through four appearances this season, which comes on the heels of a disappointing 4.60 ERA in 2018.
Kintzler could work in high-leverage spots while relievers such as Brandon Morrow (elbow) and Pedro Strop (hamstring) are out, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Strop expects to be back by Opening Day, and if that happens, he is expected to be the fill-in closer for Morrow until sometime in May. However, a lengthier absence from Strop would force the Cubs to dig deeper into their bullpen for a closer. Kintzler is noted as a possibility, and the 34-year-old does have 48 career saves, but he's likely a bit behind the likes of Steve Cishek and Carl Edwards at the moment, especially because Kintzler posted an unsightly 7.00 ERA in 18 innings with Chicago last season. Still, Kintzler could at least get some holds with Morrow and Strop out.
Kintzler elected to exercise his $5 million play option to remain with the Cubs in 2019, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, Kintzler will not hit the open market following a shaky 2018 campaign that saw him log a 4.60 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 60.2 innings split between Chicago and Washington. Prior to his decision, the Cubs unsurprisingly turned down their $10 million team option on Kintzler.
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