"I was lucky that it wasn't too [serious an injury] and that it was early," Rosenthal said. "I feel like I'm pretty close to being right on track."
Rosenthal did not appear to be throwing at full intensity on Sunday, though that was to be expected after the short layoff. The Cardinals believe that Rosenthal potentially prevented a more serious issue with his groin by alerting the medical staff to the discomfort immediately last week.
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