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St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to have Tommy John surgery, out for season

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The Sports Xchange
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal yells in displeasure after giving up a two RBI single to Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 12, 2017. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal yells in displeasure after giving up a two RBI single to Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 12, 2017. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is in need of Tommy John surgery on his injured pitching elbow and will miss the rest of the regular season, the team announced Wednesday.

Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch told reporters that Rosenthal will undergo the surgery next week. The team had transferred the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL earlier in the day.

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Rosenthal had been placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with what was called "right posterior elbow irritation."

He was sent back to St. Louis for testing after allowing a homer to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts on a 91.4 mph fastball last Wednesday. Rosenthal had not allowed a hit on any fastball slower than 96.3 mph before that game, a 5-4 loss at Fenway Park.

Rosenthal exited that game after issuing a walk.

"Something didn't look right," manager Mike Matheny said at the time. "It just didn't look smooth."

In 50 games this season, Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 11 saves. He converted seven straight saves from July 28 through Aug. 12.

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Seung Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia are the candidates to become the Cardinals' closer. St. Louis began Wednesday's action 4 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central.

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