Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
1 week ago

Rosenthal (1-0) struck out five over three scoreless innings in Monday's Grapefruit League victory over the Astros, giving up just two hits and a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Rosenthal certainly appears to be completely over the back troubles that sidelined him earlier in March, with Monday's outing one of his most impressive of spring. The former closer hit 100 mph on the radar gun on multiple occasions, and although his recent absence cost him a realistic shot at the No. 5 starter role, Rosenthal could see plenty of work in the long relief and as a set-up option to closer Seung-Hwan Oh.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
2 weeks ago

Rosenthal fired two scoreless innings Thursday, giving up two hits, walking two batters, and striking out a pair.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals hoped to keep their former closer in the 35-to-40 pitch range during his outing Thursday, and they managed to keep to their word by giving him the hook after 38 pitches (20 strikes). Rosenthal was in the running for one of the final rotation spots prior to his back injury, and although he likely won't be built up enough to garner one of those roles out of the gate, he could be valuable if he picks up a few starts later in the season.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
2 weeks ago

The Cardinals plan for Rosenthal (back) to throw 35-40 pitches Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

His efficiency will determine how many innings this effort lasts. Rosenthal has allowed one run in three innings over two appearances this spring, but recent back troubles have hindered his fight for the No. 5 rotation job. His delayed timetable to build up stamina may leave him out of the running, at least at the start of the regular season. The 26-year-old may make at least several starts later in the season and, despite the pitfalls of changing roles, could wind up with some fantasy value in many mixed leagues.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
2 weeks ago

Rosenthal (back) is expected to start Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

It will be Rosenthal's first game action since straining his right lat two weeks ago and will also mark his first start since 2012. Evidently, the Cardinals are attempting to prepare the former-closer for a long-relief role heading into the season. "They're just trying to lengthen me out to increase the options," said Rosenthal. "We can always backtrack and go back to a more specified one-inning role." The right-hander is only expected to last a couple innings Thursday before handing off the ball to John Gant.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Rosenthal (back) threw a bullpen session at about 70 percent Thursday and will need at least one more session, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rosenthal said the bullpen session "felt great," a positive sign for fantasy owners as Opening Day draws closer. The right-hander was hoping to be ready for his spring debut this weekend, but it appears that step will be delayed for at least another week. Rosenthal has been nursing the lat strain throughout camp, but - barring any setbacks - it appears he will be back in action soon and ready to compete for a potential starting spot.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Rosenthal (back) is hoping to return to Grapefruit League action by the weekend, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rosenthal underwent a precautionary MRI after being shut down with back issues last week, and the results came back negative. "I knew that it wasn't anything serious," Rosenthal said. "They just wanted to be sure, since it's in that area, that it wasn't worse than it was." He began throwing again Tuesday, and said he didn't experience any discomfort while playing catch, moving him along to a bullpen session tentatively set for Thursday. If all goes well there, the 26-year-old should be on track to return to spring league action over the weekend.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Rosenthal underwent an MRI on his sore right lat muscle Monday, which came negative, Brian Stull of WGNU 920 AM reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's fortunate news for Rosenthal, who appears to have avoided any sort of serious setback after the injury resulted in the Cardinals scratching him from his scheduled start Monday. Rosenthal was able to work out Monday instead, and if he's able to get in some mound work in the next couple of days, he could be cleared to pitch in a game as soon as Friday.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Rosenthal has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start Monday against the Twins with a sore right lat muscle, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rosenthal likely experienced the soreness shortly after his relief appearance in Friday's game against the Nationals, during which he allowed one run and two hits over an inning. The right-hander, who was expected to vie for the No. 5 starting role in the spring, was slated to throw a longer outing Monday, but that won't be in the cards following the setback. Fortunately, the soreness isn't related to Rosenthal's throwing arm, but an absence of any length of time nonetheless hurts the 26-year-old's chances of landing a rotation spot to open the season. John Gant is now on track to start in Rosenthal's place Monday.

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
1 month ago

Rosenthal, who fired two innings of scoreless one-hit ball in Monday's Grapefruit League split-squad win over the Nationals, impressed bench coach David Bell with his control, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "[He] really looked good. It looked like he had command of four pitches and he kind of made it look easy for two innings. I think he even got better the second inning."

EDGE Analysis

The former closer is being stretched out this spring in a possible audition for the fifth starter role, or at minimum, a transition to middle relief/setup work. Rosenthal's debut effort was virtually flawless, and he impressively topped out at 98 mph with his fastball. He also was pleased with being able to throw strikes with other pitches in his arsenal, which now includes a changeup, cutter and sharp curve. The 26-year-old is enjoying his clean bill of health this spring after struggling with a forearm strain last season that Rosenthal says made manipulating the ball very difficult. "Last year, I just didn't feel good," Rosenthal said. "The health wasn't there. I wasn't able to execute pitches and that was affecting my performance."

Trevor Rosenthal
RP STL
1 month ago

Rosenthal, who saved a majors-best 93 games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, is now a candidate for the Cardinals' fifth starter role in the wake of Alex Reyes' season-ending elbow injury, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "It's interesting," Rosenthal said of the opportunity. "I try not to view it as a great thing or a bad thing. I have to pitch well and then everything will take care of itself. ... Coming up as a starter, I just really loved the routine of it. I loved that competition of pitching deep into the game."

EDGE Analysis

As has been the case on multiple occasions in recent seasons, a key spring training injury will open up opportunity for another arm on the Cardinals, and the former closer could be the rather unlikely beneficiary this time around. The team had already announced plans to stretch Rosenthal out during the exhibition slate, most likely in anticipation of a transition to a middle relief/setup role. However, the 27-year-old, who logged a combined 20 starts with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2012 during his most recent stint in a rotation, is now reportedly under consideration for the newly-vacant fifth starter job along with Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver. While both of his aforementioned teammates have major league starting experience, Rosenthal would be stepping in to the role for the first time at this level, a transition that would require him to develop at least one other pitch besides the fastball and changeup he's heavily relied on as a reliever. With a curveball and cutter in his repertoire as well, Rosenthal feels up to the task if called upon. "Having command of the strike zone, commanding the fastball, different approaches to different types of hitters, it's being an all-encompassing pitcher," Rosenthal said. "I think guys who have been around have learned how to change on a certain day depending on what kind of stuff they feel they have. That's one area I'll work at growing in."