Trevor Rosenthal is back in the majors.
After a disastrous stint with the Washington Nationals, Rosenthal made his debut with the Detroit Tigers on Monday after getting called up earlier that day. And in true Rosenthal-like fashion, the reliever was erratic. But this time at least, he was effective.
Rosenthal struck out two batters and didn’t allow a run in Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, though he wasn’t perfect by any means:
Trevor Rosenthal threw a pitch behind Tyler Naquin and a wild pitch off the backstop, but finished off a scoreless inning with two strikeouts, the last on a 99 mph fastball past Carlos Santana.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 16, 2019
Coming off Tommy John surgery, Rosenthal has struggled to regain the form that made him a top reliever with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals signed Rosenthal to a one-year, $7 million contract in November — only for him to be released in June.
Rosenthal posted a 22.74 ERA with the Nationals in 12 appearances. He even had an infinity ERA through his first four outings.
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