JUPITER, Fl. (KMOV.com) -- Trevor Rosenthal’s first spring start, the opportunity he’d been waiting for since 2012, will have to wait.
The 26-year-old was scratched from Monday’s upcoming lineup card after he informed the team he felt tightness in the latissimus dorsi on his throwing side, according to reports from Port St. Lucie.
Trevor Rosenthal (soreness) has been scratched from start Mon. Appears Gant will in his place. Rosenthal called it "frustrating." #cardinals— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 5, 2017
Rosenthal was supposed to start in place of Carlos Martinez, who recently joined the Dominican national team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
The tightness reportedly followed the former closer’s Friday outing, a one-inning appearance that was designed to take the place of a side session in preparation for Monday’s start. After a two-inning debut early last week, Rosenthal was expected to throw between 50 and 60 pitches against the Twins in Fort Myers. Instead John Gant, acquired from the Braves in the Jaime Garcia trade, will start in his place
Rosenthal will remain shut down until he passes medical exams. He is the third Cardinals player to be shut down with back pain, joining Luke Weaver and Matt Carpenter. Mike Matheny did not communicate serious concern to reporters in Port St. Lucie, but Rosenthal must rebound quickly if he hopes to stay on pace for multiple-inning outings. If his recovery takes longer than expected, he would have to be built back up.