The St. Louis Cardinals announced the following roster moves prior to today’s (Tuesday) doubleheader in New York vs. the Mets. The team has placed right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation (rotator cuff). Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) to take Rosenthal’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Rosenthal, 26, has gone 2-5 with a 5.13 ERA in 40 games this season. After a 2.11 ERA (4ER / 17IP) in April and May combined, Rosenthal has allowed 15 ER in June and July (16.1 IP).
Kiekhefer made his Major League debut on May 14 at Los Angeles Dodgers and has pitched in 11 games with St. Louis this year. He has allowed runs in just three of those outings (7ER/11.0 IP). At Memphis, he is 4-1 with two saves and a 2.00 ERA (6ER/27.0IP) in 23 relief outings.
Righthander Sam Tuivailala will be recalled to serve as the club’s 26th man, available for the second game of today’s double header. Tuivailala pitched 2.0 innings in three relief appearances with St. Louis in July, and has 15.2 innings (16 gms, 9 ER) in the Majors between 2014 and ’15 with St. Louis.
Brian Walton’s take
Manager Mike Matheny told the press before the game that Rosenthal came forward after his last appearance (on Sunday) and “asked if he could have something looked at.” The club had no prior knowledge of a physical problem. The reliever was apparently examined on Monday, but the manager said he was unaware of the results. Matheny likened it to Seth Maness’ situation in May and June in that there is apparently not a major injury, but “something is not lining up.”
The fact that Kiekhefer is staying and Tuivailala will be returning to Memphis on Wednesday has nothing to do with handedness or roles. The key factor is the former’s ability to pitch on back to back days or go multiple innings as needed.
The reason that the 26th man Tuivailala is only available in Game 2 is that the double header was scheduled within 48 hours of its start. Had the twin bill been planned over a longer period of time, Tuivailala could have been eligible for both contests.
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