Trevor Rosenthal is 'in jeopardy' of never pitching for the Brewers this season after his latest injury setback

Padres-Dodgers, Game 3: Padres relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal is the eleventh pitcher used by the Padres.
Padres-Dodgers, Game 3: Padres relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal is the eleventh pitcher used by the Padres.

The latest injury setback for Trevor Rosenthal has put his season is "in jeopardy," according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Rosenthal injured his teres major – a small muscle that runs along the lateral border of the scapula – during a rehab appearance earlier this week. There is a strong possibility he is unable to return before the end of the regular season.

"It's essentially the same injury that Freddy Peralta had, so it puts the regular season in jeopardy," Counsell said. "I think there’s still a possibility in the regular season, but [it] doesn’t look great. We’ll know [and] gather more information in the next couple of days how we’re doing here and what kind of direction Trevor wants to take this.”

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The Peralta injury Counsell referenced sidelined him for a little over two months, and there are just 37 games remaining in the regular season following Saturday's contest.

The news means that Rosenthal may possibly not throw a pitch for the Brewers this season after being acquired at the trade deadline.

Rosenthal hadn't thrown a pitch in the major leagues since 2020 as he battled back from thoracic outlet surgery, then a hamstring strain suffered during a throwing showcase in June.

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"I think it's frustrating for Trevor," Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. "It's certainly frustrating for us but it's frustrating for Trevor because he's been working exceptionally hard to get back here. He was close. The ball was coming out really good but clearly now we've had a setback."

The Brewers assumed plenty of risk when trading for Rosenthal – whom they could have signed to a free agent deal weeks before sending prospect Tristan Peters to the Giants for him – considering his lengthy injury history. They hoped to get at least a solid month out of him this season as he returned from the hamstring issue, but now may be left with nothing from the regular season.

"Any time you trade for a player either with an injury history or who's presently currently on the IL, you're obviously assuming some risk but this is a completely new injury, something he had not felt at all through his rehab progression," Stearns said. "It just popped up on his last rehab outing."

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