Good news Sunday out of Cardinals camp, via MLB.com beat reporter Jenifer Langosch …
JUPITER, Fla. — After ending Tuesday’s live batting practice early due to tightness in his right groin, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal returned to the mound on Sunday and threw without issue during a 25-pitch bullpen session.
The injury was never considered serious, and relievers don’t typically need as much spring game action as starters and position players. Rosenthal has ample time to get himself prepared for the opening of the 2014 regular season.
“I was lucky that it wasn’t too [serious an injury] and that it was early,” the hard-throwing right-hander told reporters on Sunday in Cardinals camp. “I feel like I’m pretty close to being right on track.”
Rosenthal, 23, owns a stellar 2.66 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 12.2 K/9 in 98 major league innings.
He also has a 0.00 ERA, 0.54 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 20 1/3 postseason frames.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.