Last call

Last call

Brandon Kintzler's scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday was his 56th appearance this season, three shy of his total between the Minors and Majors last season, when Kintzler returned from a nerve issue in his elbow. So far, the right-hander has looked strong, so there are no plans to cap Kintzler's workload.

"As long as stuff and performance is there, I think it's pretty much telling you that the guy is OK," said Roenicke, who has been mindful about Kintzler's pitch count and workload. "I think when you start to see the performance go downhill, then all of a sudden the radar goes up and you start looking at everything that's going on. I don't like to just go on numbers for everything. I don't think people, in general, [and] in baseball like to. I think we like to go by what we see."

• Injury-plagued pitching prospect Nick Bucci is out for the season with a right shoulder injury, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Bucci, who was limited to 10 games last season and one appearance at Rookie level Arizona this season, visited last month with Dr. James Andrews, who recommended six weeks of rest before a re-evaluation. Bucci is still in the middle of that rest period.

"The bottom line is he won't pitch again this season," Ash said.

Bucci is 23 years old and is a member of Milwaukee's 40-man roster.

• One final note from Schlueter on Ramirez: In the modern era, only one player has had more seasons of qualifying for the batting title while posting an OPS+ between 121 and 140: Aramis had eight, all within a 12-year stretch. Rickey Henderson, a Hall of Famer, had nine.

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