HEAR IT: Brandon Kintzler says he was feeding a rhino when traded

Brandon Kintzler was on the horn for Monday’s MLB trade deadline.

The former Twins pitcher told MLB Network Radio he was on a safari feeding a rhino and giraffe when he learned he was being traded to the Nationals.

Minnesota had an off day Monday before starting a two game series with the Padres, so it’s likely Kintzler was spending some time at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The 33-year-old said he’s excited to be joining the Nationals, but isn’t sure what his role in the bullpen will be yet.

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“I’m sure when I get there they’ll figure that out,” Kintzler said. “Obviously, I’ve done it all, so I’m just excited to be a part of the race.”

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Brandon Kintzler said he was feeding a rhino when he got the call that he was traded to Washington.

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Kintzler was a reliable closer for the Twins before being shipped off to the Nationals. The pitcher is 2-2 with 28 saves and an ERA of 2.78 in 45 games so maybe he can be a rhino late in games for Washington.

The Nationals bullpen has been one of the team’s weaknesses this season. The bullpen has a combined ERA over 5.00, but they’re hopeful Kintzler can help fix this.

Washington has also added relief pitchers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson in recent weeks.

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