Romo, who fired a perfect ninth inning in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday, now has four straight scoreless appearances.
The modest but encouraging stretch is noteworthy considering the veteran reliever has lowered his ERA over four full runs (12.79 to 8.38) during that span. Romo opened the season and his Athletics tenure by giving up nine earned runs across his first seven trips to the mound, and manager Bob Melvin's decision to afford him some confidence-building low-leverage opportunities recently seems to be paying dividends.
Romo, who fired a scoreless one-third of an inning in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday, had posted an 18.90 ERA over the 3.1 innings covering his previous four appearances.
The veteran reliever's tenure in Oakland has been nothing short of disappointing thus far, with Romo managing only two scoreless appearances prior to recording the final out of the seventh inning Sunday. Romo has otherwise given up multiple earned runs on three occasions and a run apiece in two other appearances, leading to a 12.15 ERA and 2.25 WHIP across 6.2 innings. As those numbers imply, the 38-year-old is underperforming across the board, but particularly when it comes to missing bats -- Romo's 10.8 percent strikeout pales in comparison to the 26.3 percent figure he's averaged over the prior five seasons.
Romo fired a perfect eighth inning in a win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, recording one strikeout.
Tasked with protecting a narrow 6-5 lead, Romo came through with a quick 11-pitch frame that served as a bridge to current closer Lou Trivino in the ninth. Romo is projected to remain in a setup role behind Trivino as Trevor Rosenthal undergoes an extended recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and Tuesday's effort was especially encouraging in that it was the first time in four trips to the mound Romo didn't give up a run.
Romo, who allowed two earned runs on one hit over two-thirds of an inning in a win over the Astros on Saturday, now has a 9.82 ERA across his first 3.2 innings of the season.
Romo has now given up at least one hit in each of his four appearances and at least one run in three straight outings while posting a 2:3 K:BB thus far. Manager Bob Melvin had recently intimated Lou Trivino was the top candidate for save chances while Trevor Rosenthal recovers from recent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, and Romo's early body of work only serves to validate the decision to keep the veteran away from the highest-leverage situations for the time being.
Romo doesn't appear to be a primary candidate for closing duties during the prolonged absence of Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder), Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Instead, manager Bob Melvin mentioned Lou Trivino as a possible top option for ninth-inning duties in the wake of the news Rosenthal will miss multiple months after undergoing surgery. While Trivino has allowed one earned run over 5.2 innings across four appearances to start the season, Romo has given up a run in back-to-back outings and issued a walk in all three of his trips to the mound thus far. Although he apparently won't be the primary candidate for the job, Romo's 134 career saves and experience in high-leverage scenarios could well earn him occasional ninth-inning opportunities on days when Trivino or left-hander Jake Diekman is unavailable.
Romo gave up one hit and one walk while recording zero strikeouts in a scoreless eighth inning Friday against the Astros.
The A's were trailing 6-4 when Romo entered the game, so it wasn't the highest-leverage moment. However, Jake Diekman gave up three runs (two earned) in the ninth inning, so this is still a very fluid closer situation with Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) on the injured list.
Romo is a candidate to see some save opportunities in the wake of Trevor Rosenthal's (shoulder) placement on the injured list Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The veteran reliever boasts 134 career saves and was 5-for-6 in closing opportunities during the 2020 campaign with the Twins. However, Romo will have to deal with the presence of Jake Diekman, who enjoyed a dominant spring that significantly outpaced the 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP that the 38-year-old produced over his four Cactus League frames.
Romo (paternity) returned to camp Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Romo was away from the team for several days following the birth of his child, but he'll throw a bullpen Thursday and pitch in Saturday's spring game. The right-hander could also pitch in the team's final Cactus League game Monday, and it appears as though he's still on track for Opening Day.
Romo is away from the team to be with his wife and newborn baby but is expected to return Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Romo has made just three Cactus League appearances, with none coming in the last week. There hasn't been any indication that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season, however.
Romo made his Cactus League debut in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, allowing two earned runs on two hits, a walk and a balk across an inning. He struck out two.
One of the two runs came on a solo home run by Joc Pederson, and Romo clearly had trouble with his location even when the ball didn't leave the park. The veteran reliever is ticketed for a key setup role behind projected closer Trevor Rosenthal (groin) during each player's debut campaign with the Athletics.
Romo has yet to throw a bullpen session in spring training, but manager Bob Melvin confirmed Thursday it's by design and not indicative of any injury, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Melvin adds the veteran reliever is one of several arms being built up slowly. The 37-year-old would seemingly have plenty of wiggle room in terms of preparation time, considering his body of work over an extended period. Romo is expected to fill a key later-inning relief role for a revamped Athletics bullpen that lost a veteran right-hander with a very similar profile in Joakim Soria this offseason, among other arms.
Romo signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Athletics on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Romo mainly worked in a setup role with the Twins in 2020, recording a 4.05 ERA with five saves. However, the team declined his $5 million option at the end of October. The right-hander should work as a late reliever for his new team heading into his age-38 season.
Minnesota declined the $5 million option in Romo's contract for 2021, electing to give him a $250,000 buyout, the La Velle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Romo had a decent season in a setup role with a 4.05 ERA, five saves and a 10.4 K/9. While the Twins may have been prepared to move on from Romo since he'll be 38 next season, this move may indicate the Twins expect a soft market for free agent middle relievers this winter.
Romo allowed two hits and struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against Cleveland.
After serving a one-game suspension Saturday, Romo was immediately thrown into a save opportunity as Taylor Rogers had pitched in the previous two days. The 37-year-old worked around a pair of singles to preserve Minnesota's two-run lead. He has four saves and a 3.12 ERA on the season.
Romo was suspended one game Saturday for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Romo will not appeal the punishment, per Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, so he'll be out for Saturday's contest. Given that he threw a full inning Friday, he may not have pitched anyway Saturday, so the suspension likely won't cost him any opportunities.
Romo (0-1) gave up three runs on two hits and one walk in one-third of an inning to take the loss versus Cleveland on Wednesday. He also hit a batter.
Romo was charged with all three of the Indians' runs in the eighth inning, as Danny Coulombe allowed an inherited runner to score. Wednesday was the first real hiccup for Romo this season, but it raised his ERA to 4.22 across 10.2 innings. He's added 14 strikeouts, three saves and eight holds in 12 appearances. Romo will likely continue battling with Taylor Rogers for closing duties, with the latter typically seeing most of the ninth-inning opportunities.
Romo collected his third save in Sunday's 4-2 win over Kansas City, striking out each of the three batters he faced in one inning of work.
The Twins opted to use regular closer Taylor Rogers in the eighth inning, which left the ninth for Romo. The veteran right-hander was up to the task as he struck out Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier swinging before getting Jorge Soler looking to end the game. While Rogers figures to continue receiving the bulk of save opportunities, Sunday showed that manager Rocco Baldelli is not afraid to shuffle the back end of his bullpen. Given that Romo has gotten off to a strong start (2.25 ERA) while converting each of his three save opportunities, he could certainly see more chances to close games going forward.
Romo did not allow a baserunner and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Sunday against Cleveland.
Romo was called upon to close the game with Taylor Rogers likely unavailable after earning saves both Friday and Saturday. Romo proved up to the task, retiring three batters on 15 pitches. He now has two saves on the season, but he's clearly behind Rogers in the pecking order for saves.
Romo -- and not Taylor Rogers -- got the call in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals and got the job done to record his first save of the season, striking out one in a scoreless frame.
The Cards were due to send up two right-handed hitters plus switch hitter Dexter Fowler in the ninth, which could explain why Romo was manager Rocco Baldelli's choice to get the team's first save chance of the season over Taylor. It's still a huge boost to the 37-year-old's fantasy value this year if he works in any kind of committee arrangement with Taylor at closer rather than being a setup man. Romo did record 20 saves in 2019, but 17 of them came with Miami before his trade to Minnesota in late July.
Romo (non-throwing shoulder) threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Sunday's spring training tie against Toronto.
Romo was limited early in spring training with a left shoulder strain, but it doesn't look like a worry for the regular season. The right-hander was effective after he was traded to the Twins in 2019, posting a 3.18 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 22.2 innings, and he figures to play a prominent role in the bullpen again.
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|05/01||vs BAL||L 4-8||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/30||vs BAL||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/28||@ TB||L 0-2||1.0||0||0||2||0|
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|2016||AFA-San Jose Giants||5.0||4||0||0||0||0||0||8||1||2||0.00||0.600|
|2016||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||6.1||7||0||0||1||1||0||11||0||8||5.90||1.312|
|2017||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||3.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||3.00||1.000|