The 2022 MLB trade deadline is now roughly two weeks in the past. For the Milwaukee Brewers, the results from their trade returns have been mixed, to say the least.
On one hand, you have Matt Bush, who the team acquired from the Texas Rangers. After two rough outings to begin his Brewers tenure, he has bounced back to post four scoreless outings, striking out eight batters over four innings and even picking up two saves.
On the other hand, you have Taylor Rogers, who was one of the pieces Milwaukee got back in the Josh Hader trade. After giving up one run in his first three outings, he gave up four on two home runs while only recording two outs in the team’s most recent loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
There is actually a third hand, though, represented by reliever Trevor Rosenthal. The final Brewers trade deadline acquisition by way of the San Francisco Giants has yet to make his debut with the Crew.
Tomorrow, Trevor Rosenthal will move one step closer to his 2022 Brewers season debut.
According to Bally Sports Wisconsin’s Brewers beat reporter Sophia Minnaert, Rosenthal will be joining the team’s Triple-A squad in Nashville to finally begin a rehab assignment. He will be accompanied by catcher Omar Narvaez, who is attempting to return from his own injury.
Rosenthal has had quite the battle with injuries over the last few years. He missed the end of the 2017 season and all of 2018 after having Tommy John surgery, was injured for part of a 2019 season that saw him released by two teams and missed the entire 2021 after battling thoracic outlet syndrome and a hip injury.
Still, once he was prepared to show that he was ready to pitch this season via a pitching showcase this summer, teams were interested. And even though he suffered a hamstring injury during that showcase, he earned himself a contract with the Giants.
Looking at his history, it’s easy to see why teams would want a healthy Rosenthal on their side. He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Cardinals, pitching to a 2.99 ERA in 328 games and accumulating 121 saves. In his 2015 All-Star season, he put up a career high 48 saves for St. Louis.
Despite injuries starting to take a toll followed by his forgettable 2019 season, he bounced back in 2020, putting up a career low 1.90 ERA in 23 games with both the Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres, who traded for him at that year’s deadline.
It’s that background that was attractive to the Brewers at the trade deadline, even knowing they would be without him for a few weeks. Now, Milwaukee will finally get to see what they have and hope it is something that will help them in their final push to the playoffs.
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Trading for an injured reliever at the trade deadline is a puzzling move. But if it translates to a playoff berth, at least it’ll make the deal somewhat worth it.