Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal addressed his demotion as the team's closer for the first time on Monday, saying he thinks he is close to regaining the form that made him one of the game's most dominant relievers last season. Rosenthal was replaced as closer on Saturday, the day after he blew a save by allowing a ninth-inning Adam Lind home run in Seattle. Command issues have been Rosenthal's demise. He has a 14.14 ERA and opponents are hitting .406 off him this month. He has walked the same number of batters, eight, as he has struck out while blowing two of his eight save chances. "It's not fun for sure," Rosenthal said. "I don't want to lose, I don't want to do bad, I don't want to let down the guys, especially a game like that in Seattle where we're kind of rolling, where [Carlos] Martinez is pitching a great game, but I'm not the first person this has happened to. I'm not going to be the last person and all these guys know I work my butt off and I try every day. It's all I can control. It's unfortunate and not something I want, but at the same time, I'm confident in myself to be able to work hard and hopefully continue to give us a chance to win."