Brewers get RHP Brandon Kintzler back from DL

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (53) is seen during an baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Brewers won 10-4. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (53) is seen during an baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Brewers won 10-4. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Brewers have activated right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler from the disabled list, reinforcing a bullpen off to a strong start.

Kintzler had been sidelined since April 9 with a strained rotator cuff. Manager Ron Roenicke said he will likely ease Kintzler back into his role as one of his primary setup men.

Milwaukee had the second-lowest bullpen ERA in baseball entering Thursday at 2.52. Kintzler is 1-0 and hasn’t allowed a run in his five appearances this year.

The Brewers optioned right-hander Alfredo Figaro to Triple-A Nashville to make room. Figaro pitched once, going three innings Tuesday and allowing Chase Headley’s homer in the 12th inning of a 2-1 loss to San Diego.

The Brewers are off Thursday and open a three-game set Friday with the Chicago Cubs.

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