Oh, Cool, Brandon Kintzler Has an Oblique Issue

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Oh, Cool, Brandon Kintzler Has an Oblique Issue

Chicago Cubs

No one will spill any tears for the Cubs, and every team deals with injuries. This will not be *the* story of the 2019 Cubs. But man alive, they sure have had a lot of injuries to important players.

The latest – well, it didn’t just happen, we only just got word – is reliever Brandon Kintzler, who has appeared just three times this month, and not at all in a week.

Cool, cool, cool.

To their credit, as we discussed in the Bullets, the Cubs’ bullpen has been excellent this month despite the injuries, posting the best ERA in the NL. Ideally, Kintzler would be back and fully healthy/effective soon, but the success of so many other relievers this month has perhaps given the Cubs the opportunity to proceed very cautiously with Kintzler.

The 35-year-old righty has bounced back from an ugly 2018 to a 2.82 ERA over 54.1 innings this year. For long stretches, he was easily the Cubs’ most consistently effective reliever.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.