St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals hire Randy Flores as scouting director; Rosenthal on paternity leave

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Randy Flores on Friday was hired to be the team’s new scouting director, effective Tuesday.

Flores, 40, holds a master’s degree in postsecondary administration/sports administration from the USC and has been involved in coaching, scouting, private business and broadcasting since his playing career ended.

Flores, a left-handed pitcher, spent eight seasons in the majors with Texas (2002), Colorado (2002, 2009-10), the Cardinals (2004-08) and Minnesota (2010). He was a member of the Cardinals’ World Championship team in 2006.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak will introduce Flores to the media Tuesday prior to the Cardinals’ game with the Washington Nationals.

Former Scouting Director Chris Correa was fired in July, part of the fallout for a hacking scandal that has resulted in an ongoing federal investigation into whether the Cardinals illegally broke into the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow was formerly the Cardinals’ scouting director.

Rosenthal takes leave

Closer Trevor Rosenthal will not be with the Cardinals this weekend in San Francisco as he returns to St. Louis on paternity leave. Rosenthal and his wife, Lindsey, are expected their second child. They have a daughter, Chloe, who will soon turn 2.

Reliever Sam Tuivailala has been recalled from Class AAA Memphis to replace Rosenthal on the roster. He is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 games with the Cardinals this season.

Tuivailala was 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 16 saves in 39 games at Memphis. He will wear No. 64 with St. Louis.

The fireballing Rosenthal, perhaps the top closer in baseball this season, has registered 41 saves and owns a microscopic 1.52 ERA.