August 6, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Brian Fuentes (40) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Fuentes Unlikely To Rejoin St. Louis Cardinals After Leaving Team; Trevor Rosenthal Recalled

Brian Fuentes has been placed on the restricted list for undisclosed personal reasons; the Cardinals recalled Trevor Rosenthal to take his spot on the roster.

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Brian Fuentes' Departure Leaves Cardinals With Few Left-Handed Pitching Options

On Tuesday, newly-acquired St. Louis Cardinals reliever Brian Fuentes was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons and has left the team, with Trevor Rosenthal being recalled to take his spot on the roster for the time being. Fuentes' departure may have come at the worst time for the Cardinals, who are suddenly thin on left-handed pitching.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that with the trade deadline behind them, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has said that the chances of picking up a "quality lefthander" before the season ends are quite slim. To make matters worse, St. Louis has only two left-handers in the bullpen in Marc Rzepczynski and Barret Browning. Sam Freeman is also an option at Triple-A.

Left-handed assignments may be interesting down the stretch for the Cardinals if Fuentes remains out for any extended amount of time.

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Trevor Rosenthal Rejoins St. Louis Cardinals As Brian Fuentes Exits

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that they were placing recently acquired reliever Brian Fuentes on the restricted list, and Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel reported soon after that John Mozeliak, at least, assumed this was the end both of Fuentes's season and his career with the Cardinals. In his place the Cardinals have recalled Trevor Rosenthal, who allowed two runs and struck out three in four innings back in July.

Rosenthal, 22, emerged as a surprise bullpen option after three solid months in the Springfield Cardinals rotation following an aggressive promotion to AA; between his demotion and his return Tuesday he made two starts with AAA Memphis, indicating that the Cardinals still view the right-hander, who features a high-90s fastball, as a starter long-term.

The veteran left-hander's departure cements the bullpen job of Barret Browning, who followed a strange path to the big leagues even as the Cardinals were pursuing Fuentes. He's struggled after a hot start, but the Cardinals have had trouble all year finding a second option behind Marc Rzepczynski.

The Cardinals have had Fuentes in their sights for years, ever since he was a highly touted free agent in 2009; his Cardinals career appears to have ended with six games and five innings pitched.

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