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Cardinals | Trevor Rosenthal could see save opps

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wants to use RP Trevor Rosenthal as the eighth-inning setup man, and Rosenthal allowed two hits in two-thirds of an inning before needing RP Edward Mujica to bail him out Monday, April 22. Matheny also said that he'd consider using Rosenthal in the ninth inning in a save situation. "He's kind of a Catch-22. There are so many guys who have come into this organization with the great arms who don't know how to pitch," Matheny said. "We're constantly trying to get them not to be the dead-brain heavers. And then a guy like Trevor who has the kind of fastball where he could be a dead-brain heaver and do OK. It's a balance of how to use the secondary pitches. Those other pitches make his fastball better." Eleven of Rosenthal's 12 fastballs reached 99 mph or higher Thursday, but he's "still trying to get comfortable" in a relief role.

Fantasy Tip: Mitchell Boggs is clearly the third option for saves now in St. Louis, with Mujica having closed out the last two and Rosenthal an option, too. Rosenthal is still young, remember, and he's working on how to consistently get major league hitters out and improve his secondary pitches. Mujica is the lead dog for now, but Rosenthal remains the better long-term saves option.

2013-04-23 12:07:16 | Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Derrick Goold

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