MILWAUKEE The first time 22-year-old Trevor Rosenthal warmed up in a big league bullpen Monday, he was used as a decoy and knew he had no chance of actually getting into the game.
When the bullpen phone rang during the top of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon, things were quite a bit different. The nerves were there and the adrenaline was pumping. It was really happening.
And Rosenthal made a favorable first impression. He allowed two walks and a hit but got two strikeouts and a fly ball out to escape the inning without damage.
Not bad for a guy who was pitching in Double-A last week.
"It was just one of those special moments I've always dreamed about and definitely will never forget," Rosenthal said. "It was very special. I am really blessed to be in this situation and it's an honor to share it with the guys on this team.
"For the first time, I was just getting my feet wet. Hopefully I can continue to build on it and work hard."
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