Trevor Rosenthal battled injuries for the second straight season, pitching just 47.2 innings before ending the season on the disabled list with a torn UCL. He was released by the Cardinals and is expected to miss the entire 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He pitched well while he was active with a 37.6 percent strikeout rate that ranked eighth among pitchers who threw at least 40 innings. His 3.40 ERA was unremarkable for a high-leverage reliever, but it could have easily been lower with better luck, as his FIP was an impressive 2.17. Whichever team signs him will be acquiring a "proven closer" with 121 career saves who will still be just 28 years old. It's easy to see a team bringing him in with the intention of having Rosenthal fill a back-end role in 2019, similar to what the Rockies did with Greg Holland.
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 will require Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports. This is tough news for Rosenthal, as a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed he's dealing with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that will require surgery to repair. The good news is he's not dealing with a total UCL rupture, according to David Solomon of 550 KTRS, though his status for 2018 remains up in the air. Seung Hwan Oh should now be first in line for saves in St. Louis for the remainder of the season.
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.
Rosenthal will seek a second opinion on his right elbow, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. It's almost always a bad thing when a player seeks a second opinion -- they wouldn't need one if the first was favorable. Rosenthal pitched with diminished velocity Wednesday before being pulled from a save situation, and he was later diagnosed with elbow irritation. Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth inning Thursday in what would have been a save situation had the Cardinals not extended their lead in the top of the inning.