Not two hours passed since our last injury update post, and already the Oakland A’s got some fresh bad news.
Relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal will miss the rest of the season due to a torn hip labrum, for which he’ll have surgery on Tuesday, reports Shayna Rubin of the Mercury News.
The A’s signed Rosenthal to an $11 million free agent contract last winter to be their new closer, but he never felt right from the start of spring training and went on the injured list before Opening Day to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He was on the road to recovery from that rib removal, but now another problem has cropped up in his hip.
Add it up, and Rosenthal will never throw a pitch for Oakland this year. That doesn’t change anything we’ve seen to this point, as they already went through the first half of the season without him, but now there’s no chance the right-hander will return down the stretch or into the playoffs.
It’s a particularly tough blow for the 31-year-old former All-Star, who already worked his way back from 2017 Tommy John surgery to reestablish himself as a top closer in the majors, enough to earn such a hefty deal from the small-budget A’s. This was supposed to be his full triumphant bounce-back campaign, but instead it’s a completely lost summer.
In Rosenthal’s place, Oakland has used Lou Trivino as their primary closer, with good results. Trivino didn’t make the All-Star team (yet?), but he was named AL Reliever of the Month for June and has converted 13 saves and five holds with only two leads blown.
Here’s the updated injury report:
- RHP Trevor Rosenthal, OUT FOR YEAR, entire body (thoracic outlet, hip labrum)
- RHP Mike Fiers, 60-day IL, elbow (no structural damage; shut down for July)
- DH Mitch Moreland, IL, undisclosed (likely out past All-Star break)
- OF Mark Canha, 10-day IL, hip (no structural damage; return before All-Star break?)