A day after the bullpen served up eight runs to the Padres in a 12-4 loss at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that Trevor Rosenthal has moved to the 60-day disabled list and will require Tommy John Surgery.
In a corresponding move, 27-year-old Ryan Sherriff has been promoted from Triple-A and Josh Lucas was optioned back to Memphis.
At the end of July, Rosenthal appeared to solve a major problem plaguing St. Louis this season at the back end of the bullpen. The closer role was up in the air, waiting for anyone able to reel it in. Rosenthal did just that recording seven saves in his last eight appearances.
All good things must come to an end, though. Rosenthal was drilled by Boston on Aug. 16, failing to record an out while giving up two runs. The righty left with an apparent injury. He landed on the 10-day DL the following day due to elbow irritation to his throwing arm.
With Wednesday's announcement, Rosenthal's season is over.
While the news spells an ending for Rosenthal, it's a new beginning for Sherriff in St. Louis. The lefty will join the pen after experiencing a successful 2017 campaign for the Redbirds in Memphis. The former 28th round selection from West Lost Angeles College is 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA and has six saves in seven opportunities, covering 53.2 innings. Of his 48 appearances this year, 37 have been scoreless.
This is just the latest chapter in a forgettable story for this year's pitching staff as a whole. Adam Wainwright is also on the DL, Mike Leake has been struggling immensely, and the bullpen has been inconsistent all year.
As the days continue to pass and the injuries continue to mount, the Cardinals playoffs hopes seemingly grow farther and farther away from reality.
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