Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will not be available to pitch in tonight’s All-Star game due to arm soreness.
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Rosenthal was “feeling a little sore after throwing yesterday” and informed NL/Giants manager Bruce Bochy and his own manager, Mike Matheny, of his situation. They all decided it was best if he sat out.
Rosenthal had an excellent first half, saving 26 games with a 1.49 ERA and 45/15 K/BB ratio in 42 innings, but he had back-to-back rough outings in his final two appearances and previously missed some time in mid-June with arm soreness.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.