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Cardinals remove Trevor Rosenthal from the closer’s role

St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Closer Trevor Rosenthal #44 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches the ninth inning on his way to getting the save against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 11, 2016 in Anaheim, California. The Cardinals won 5-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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On Saturday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny informed Trevor Rosenthal he was being taken out of the closer’s role for now, as’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Rosenthal entered Friday’s game with a 3-1 lead, but faced only three batters and recorded no outs as the Mariners walked off 4-3 winners thanks to a walk-off three-run home run by Adam Lind.

Rosenthal has gone 14-for-17 in save situations this season, but he has an ugly 5.63 ERA with a 36/21 K/BB ratio in 24 innings. The month of June in particular has been tough for him as he has allowed runs in five of 11 appearances.

Matheny hasn’t announced a new official closer, so Seung Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist, and Jonathan Broxton could all find themselves in the mix for saves going forward.

Rosenthal had been reliable in the ninth inning since becoming the club’s closer in 2014. He saved 45 games with a 3.20 ERA in ’14, then improved that to 48 saves and a 2.10 ERA last year.

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