St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday due to soreness in his right late, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch. Rosenthal was in the process of transitioning into a more “stretched out” role, as a long reliever or starting pitcher, after earning 107 during the past three seasons as the team’s closer.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr.Selene Parekh, the pain is in his right latissimus dorsi area. The injury typically takes two to four weeks allow the muscle to properly heal.
St. Louis may play it cautious with him because he seems to be transitioning into becoming a starting pitcher, which takes time. The Cardinals may wish to have him participate in extended spring training before he returns so he can ease into the new role.
Manager Mike Matheny was still in the process of determining what role Rosenthal will play in 2017, only saying that his role will be “stretched out.”Rosenthal’s absence could increase several different players chances to make the opening day roster.
Seung Hwan Oh has taken a firm hold of the closer job after a strong end to the 2017 season, so Rosenthal’s injury will not make any other relief pitcher fantasy relevant. The same goes for any starting pitcher. The return of a healthy Lance Lynn pretty muchs rounds up the starting rotation behind Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Mike Leake.
Rosenthal could be competing for a role as the Cardinal’s spot starter when he returns healthy. Luke Weaver, a former first round pick in 2014, now has almost no competition for the role. Weaver was 1-4 in eight starts in 2016. He had 45 strikeouts in his 36 innings pitched but had a disappointing 5.40 earned run average.
While Rosenthal’s injury will not make Weaver’s fantasy relevant, Weaver should be monitored by all fantasy owners. It is apparent that he is the next man up if a member of the injury rattled Cardinals starting rotation goes down. Weaver has top of the rotation talent and he might just get an extended chance to prove it in 2017. But for now, keep him on the waiver wire.