PHOENIX -- Thank goodness for Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler's quick reflexes. Without them, he would have been in a world of pain on Wednesday night.
Pitching against the D-backs on Wednesday night, Kintzler reacted quickly enough on an A.J. Pollock comebacker to deflect it with the meaty, outside edge of his left hand and into Kintzler's stomach. Without that deflection, the baseball would have stuck Kintzler in a most unfortunate place.
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"I don't wear a cup," Kintzler said. "The Padres had a rule to wear cups, and as soon as I left them I didn't want to wear them anymore. A know a lot of pitchers who don't wear cups; it gets in the way."
Kintzler does not remember much about the play. He hit the dirt, but recovered in time to throw out Pollock to end the inning. When he got to the clubhouse, he was surprised to see his elbow and knee were bleeding. He also thought his hand was broken.
"I don't know, I blacked out," Kintzler joked. "I was asking [Jim] Henderson, 'Did I fall to the ground?' But it's good -- it's just a bruise."
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