Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler experienced discomfort in his right pectoral while pitching on Monday. (Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler experienced discomfort in his right pectoral while pitching on Monday. (Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs News: Brandon Kintzler dealing with pectoral soreness


by - Senior Writer -

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler helped the Cubs escape a tough spot against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. In the eighth inning at Wrigley Field, the A's collected three runs on back-to-back home runs before Kintzler entered the contest and calmed the storm by getting the Cubs out of the frame.

Unfortunately for the North Siders, the right-handed Kintzler appeared to clutch at his right pectoral while leaving the field once the third out was collected. Following the game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon praised the Cubs' bullpen in his postgame press conference but also revealed that Kintzler had indeed been injured.

According to Maddon, Kintzler experienced discomfort in his right pectoral during the course of his eighth-inning outing and will undergo further evaluation on Tuesday. With closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Pedro Strop currently on the shelf, the Cubs would be in a precarious situation if Kintzler had to miss time due to injury, as well.

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