Cardinals promote Rosenthal from Double-A

Cardinals promote Rosenthal from Double-A

Published Jul. 16, 2012 8:19 a.m. ET

ST. LOUIS — Searching for solutions for their struggling bullpen, the St. Louis Cardinals have promoted Double-A pitching prospect Trevor Rosenthal to the big leagues.

A source confirmed to early Monday morning that Rosenthal will join the club in Milwaukee and be available out of the bullpen for the first of a three-game set against the Brewers.

Rosenthal's brother Tanner confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday morning, tweeting, "Heading to Milwaukee to watch my brother play in the big leagues!!!"

Rosenthal has jumped up the prospect charts this year while posting a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts covering 94 innings at Double-A. The hard-thrower has reached 100 mph with his fastball this year, making him an intriguing option in the bullpen.

The 22-year-old right-hander made a favorable impression during his time with the big-league club in spring training, earning rave reviews from players and coaches alike. He has started throwing a cut fastball that he learned from Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia.

Rosenthal had 83 strikeouts in 94 innings with Springfield and allowed only 67 hits. He held opponents to a .202 batting average.

To make room for Rosenthal, the Cardinals optioned right-hander Maikel Cleto to Triple-A Memphis following their game Sunday at Cincinnati. Garcia was transferred to the Cardinals' 60-day disabled list.