As reported earlier on Tuesday, reliever Brian Fuentes was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons. His timetable for return, and reason for his absence were unknown. According the Twitter account of Derrick Goold, Fuentes is now not expected back for the 2012 season. Goold tweeted that he spoke to Cards manager Mike Matheny, who told him that he does not expect Fuentes to return this year. The tweet is below.

 

If Matheny is correct (which one would assume he is), this is bad news for Cards fans as this bullpen cannot afford to lose Fuentes, who was acquired to provide late season help. Young call-up Trevor Rosenthal has stepped into a huge role for the Redbirds and their playoff hopes. Stay tuned to CardsBlog as more information on the curious situation unfolds surrounding Brian Fuentes.