Kintzler promoted to Triple-A as velocity returns

Kintzler promoted to Triple-A as velocity returns

DENVER -- The Brewers promoted right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, marking another step forward in a season that has been marred by a right arm injury.

Kintzler reported to camp as a strong contender for the Brewers' Opening Day bullpen but missed most of Spring Training with elbow discomfort that took weeks to diagnose. He eventually reported to Class A Brevard County, then to Double-A Huntsville, and he posted a 3.24 ERA in 37 appearances. Kintzler combined with four other pitchers on a no-hitter for Huntsville on Aug. 2.

"They said he's really throwing the ball well again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "The velocity is back. He's back in the 92-94 [mph] range. He's a guy we certainly have not forgotten about. We'll see how he does at Triple-A, and when we get to September, he will be a name that will be brought up. Whether he comes up or not, he will be brought up [in the discussion]."

Kintzler pitched brief big league stints for the Brewers in 2010 and 2011.

In another Minor League move Tuesday, the Brewers activated right-hander Johnny Hellweg from Huntsville's disabled list. He was one of the players acquired from the Angels in last month's Zack Greinke trade.