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Nationals release Trevor Rosenthal

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The Nationals have released right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal, the team announced Sunday. In subsequent moves, they recalled right-handers Austin Voth from Double-A Harrisburg and Kyle McGowin from Triple-A Fresno and optioned Joe Ross back to Triple-A.

Rosenthal, 29, was neither healthy enough nor productive enough to latch onto a permanent role in the Nationals’ bullpen this year. After missing the entire 2018 season due to a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery, he contracted a viral infection that kept him on the shelf for another six weeks during his 2019 run. He was reinstated in early June and pitched just 3 1/3 innings before his release, allowing four runs on one hit and six walks and striking out two of 15 batters.

It’s not yet clear which teams, if any, might be interested in adding Rosenthal to their relief corps this summer. Despite his notable control issues and recent health problems, he’s not too far removed from his last productive stretch in the majors. In 2017, he rounded out a six-year stint with the Cardinals after pitching to a respectable 3.40 ERA with 11 saves, a 3.8 BB/9, 14.9 SO/9, and 1.6 fWAR through 47 2/3 innings.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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