MILWAUKEE — The status of Milwaukee Brewers reliever Trevor Rosenthal for the rest of the season is uncertain due to a late injury, the latest loss to a closer former All-Star who hasn’t pitched since the playoffs. 2020.
“I think there’s still a possibility (he could come back) in the regular season, but it’s not looking very good,” manager Craig Counsell said ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. “I think we’ll be gathering more information in the next few days, how we’re doing here and what kind of direction Trevor wants to take with this.”
It represents the latest setback for Rosenthal, who hasn’t pitched since the 2020 playoffs with the San Diego Padres due to various injuries. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said the issue was unrelated to his past injuries.
“It’s a brand new injury,” Stearns said. “It’s something he didn’t feel at all during his rehab screening. It showed up the last time he was out.”
The Brewers acquired Rosenthal from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline with the idea that the 2015 All-Star could help their bullpen in the final month of the season. His thigh injury cut short an appearance with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville.
Counsell said Rosenthal has a strain and the injury is similar to the problem that caused Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta to miss more than two months earlier this season.
The Brewers sent minor league outfielder Tristan Peters to San Francisco in exchange for Rosenthal, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Giants in late July.
Rosenthal was on the injured list with a hamstring issue at the time of the trade. He underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in April 2021 and underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his right hip later that year.
“When you’re buying a player who’s injured, obviously you’re taking some risk,” Counsell said. “It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t look like it will pay any dividends, but we’ll just play around and see what happens.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in NL Central and 2 ½ games behind the Padres in the race for the NL’s final wildcard spot.
In other moves, the Brewers selected outfielder Garrett Mitchell from Nashville, placed outfielder Jonathan Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow effusion and placed receiver Alex Jackson on the 60-day disabled list. with inflammation of the left wrist.
The Brewers selected Mitchell out of UCLA with the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft. Counsell said Mitchell will likely be in the starting lineup on Sunday.
“When he’s on the pitch, he’s an electric player,” Stearns said. “He brings a full set of tools, a full set of skills. He can impact a game all the way. He can impact defensively, attackingly, on goals.”