OAKLAND, Calif. — Trevor Rosenthal has had a miserable season pitching for the Nationals and Tigers, but that doesn’t mean the right-handed reliever has no chance of reaching the big leagues with the Yankees when rosters expand Sept. 1.
The 29-year-old Rosenthal signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday.
The Yankees already have summoned Brady Lail, Joe Mantiply, Chance Adams and Adonis Rosa from the minors this season to face major league batters. Daniel Camarena and Ryan Dull also were brought up for insurance and quickly returned without throwing a pitch.
Rosenthal saved 45 games for the Cardinals in 2014 and 48 in 2015, when he made the NL All-Star team. He missed all of 2018 following Tommy John surgery and signed a one-year deal worth $7 million with the Nationals this past offseason.
After posting a 22.74 ERA and walking 15 in 6 ¹/₃ innings in a dozen games, Rosenthal was released by Washington on June 23. He signed with the Tigers, and in 10 games for Detroit, he posted a 7.00 ERA and issued 11 walks in nine innings. Designated for assignment, Rosenthal was released Aug. 11.
If Rosenthal can conquer his control issues, he could get a big-league look from the Yankees.
CC Sabathia’s oldest son, who is called “Little C,’’ took batting practice with the early group Tuesday at the Coliseum. The soon-to-be Bergen Catholic sophomore got to hit with his father, who will face the Dodgers this weekend in Los Angeles and took several healthy cuts as he prepares to bat for just the second time in a game this season (the first was April 30 at Arizona).
Unless the Yankees and Athletics meet in the postseason this will be Sabathia’s last visit to the Oakland Coliseum, the park where he used to watch the A’s while growing up in nearby Vallejo, Calif.
Also hitting early were Mike Ford, Tyler Wade, Austin Romine and Mike Tauchman.
The Yankees entered Tuesday having scored at least one run in 208 straight games. That tied them for third place all-time with the 2000-01 Reds. The 1978-79 Brewers are second with 212 and the 1931-33 Yankees are on top with 308 consecutive games without being blanked.
The Yankees were hitting .303 with runners in scoring position, which was the best in the majors. If they finish at .300 or better, they would be the first team in 11 years to hit .300 or better with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals hit .330 in 2013.
With 47 homers in 19 August games, the Yankees were nearing the club record of 54 in a month with a chance to break the MLB record of 58. Counting Tuesday’s contest, the Yankees had 11 games remaining this month.
The 1998 Yankees hit 54 homers in 32 August games and the 1940 club hit 54 in July. The MLB record for home runs in a month is shared by the 1987 Orioles (May) and the 1999 Mariners (May).