Trevor Rosenthal (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals brought former closer Trevor Rosenthal off the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals brought former closer Trevor Rosenthal off the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, adding yet another late-inning bullpen option.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Thursday’s) game in San Francisco that they have activated right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (right shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list.  Rosenthal, 26, had missed 47 games since going on the disabled list July 26.

Rosenthal is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA and 14 saves in 40 games (33.1 IP) this season while striking out 48 batters.  The 2015 National League All-Star posted back-to-back 40-save seasons in 2014 (45) and 2015 (48) and is ranked 5th on the Cardinals’ all-time saves list with 110.

Brian Walton’s take

While the Cardinals would surely like Rosenthal to return to earlier glory as the team’s closer, they would probably be satisfied with a productive set up man. However, since Rosenthal hasn’t pitched in game action for over six weeks, no one knows for sure how this will go.

With Rosenthal’s addition, St. Louis is up to 35 active players, 18 of whom are pitchers.

In other news, the club has made the decision to move another Cardinal whose star has faded, Jaime Garcia, to the bullpen. Top prospect Alex Reyes will be stepping into the left-hander’s rotation spot, starting Sunday in the series finale in San Francisco.

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