Contrary to a previous report, Rosenthal (elbow) has not signed with the Marlins and will spend the year rehabbing, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He is not expected to pitch this year but will work out for teams when he's ready this winter in hopes of landing a significant contract. Rosenthal's tenure as the Cardinals' closer was rocky at times, so even if he makes it all the way back from Tommy John surgery, he is not a lock to land and keep a closing job in 2019. He could be an interesting speculative play depending on where he signs next offseason.
The Marlins signed Rosenthal (elbow) to a one-year, minor-league contract Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Rosenthal was cut loose by the Cardinals in the offseason after requiring Tommy John surgery in late August. Given the year-plus recovery timetable typically associated with the procedure, it's unlikely that Rosenthal will be promoted to the Marlins' active roster at any point this season. In overseeing his rehab, however, Miami will have a better feel for Rosenthal's overall health and 2019 outlook than other teams would, which could give the club an edge in re-signing the right-hander when he becomes a free agent again this winter.
Rosenthal (elbow) was granted his unconditional release Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. This isn't all too surprising, seeing as Rosenthal is set to miss all of the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and the Cardinals didn't want to have to pay him. He'll likely spend the year getting healthy before looking to sign elsewhere.
Rosenthal (elbow) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. Although it's unknown whether or not Rosenthal will need to undergo surgery to repair his elbow, moving him to the 60-day disabled list will bring his season to an end. Rosenthal made 50 appearances from the bullpen during the 2017 campaign, during which he fanned 76 batters and gave up just three home runs over 47.2 innings. As a result, he owns an ERA and WHIP of 3.40 and 1.20, respectively.
Rosenthal (elbow), who recently sought a second opinion on his injury from orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache, expects to have additional clarity on the next step in his recovery Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Dr. ElAttrache is in the midst of reviewing the images and notes from Rosenthal's exam with team physician George Paletta, with the goal of collaborating with him on charting Rosenthal's course moving forward. The hard-throwing closer was diagnosed with right posterior elbow irritation late last week, and as per Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, he may have to undergo surgery.
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