Romano was designated for assignment by the Reds on Friday.
The 27-year-old had a 5.23 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 12:9 K:BB through 20.2 innings this season, leading to his removal from the 40-man roster. Romano could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Romano has allowed at least a run in his last four outings and five of seven so far, including a two-run homer to Jordan Luplow on Sunday.
Romano is out of options, which helped him make the Reds' roster out of spring training, but his roster slot could be precarious. He has allowed four homers in 12.1 innings already, and has struck out only six batters.
Romano has made the Reds' Opening Day bullpen, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Romano was hitting 96 mph with the fastball and 89 mph on his slider this spring, both a little faster than in previous years. "I really do feel like I'm not the same pitcher that I used to be, confidence-wise, the way that I throw, the arsenal I have," Romano said. Romano is out of options, which gave him an advantage to make the team despite a 6.48 ERA in 8.1 spring training innings.
Romano had his contract selected by the Reds on Sunday.
The 26-year-old will join the 40-man and active rosters with Sonny Gray (back) heading to the injured list. Romano had a 7.71 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 16.1 innings last season and has yet to appear in a game in 2020.
Romano will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.
He is not a member of the 40-man roster but is listed as part of the 35-man group that will train at Great American Ball Park, which puts him among the Reds' varsity group. Romano will likely serve as a long reliever or swingman for the Reds when he is active this season.
Romano cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
Romano will still be in big-league camp as a non-roster invitee. He could certainly spend some time on the Reds' major-league roster this season, but his 5.17 ERA in 249 career innings at the highest level means he's unlikely to be a key arm.
Romano was designated for assignment Wednesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the Reds to add Pedro Strop. Although Romano spent most of the 2019 season with Triple-A Louisville, he pitched in 12 major-league games with Cincinnati, recording a 7.71 ERA, 184 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB across 16.1 innings.
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
With the Reds set to play four games in two games, Romano will provide the team with an extra bullpen arm Saturday. The right-hander struggled mightily in his most recent big-league appearance, allowing eight runs on six hits and a pair of walks while recording just two outs (one via strikeout).
Romano was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Romano was shelled against the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing eight runs on six hits and two walks while recording just two outs (one via strikeout). The right-hander, who owns a 4.55 ERA and 72:24 K:BB in 63.1 innings at Triple-A this season, should be back when rosters expand in September. Matt Bowman was recalled from Louisville in a corresponding move.
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old righty has a 4.55 ERA in 63.1 innings at Triple-A, working primarily as a reliever. He has a 3.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 17.1 innings as a reliever in the big leagues. David Hernandez was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The Reds optioned Romano to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
He'll cede his spot on the active roster to Kyle Farmer (concussion), who was activated from the 7-day injured list in a corresponding move. Romano will presumably step back into Louisville's rotation after working out of the bullpen during his brief stay with the Reds. The righty's only appearance came Tuesday in Milwaukee, where he notched a three-inning save.
Romano recorded his first career save in Tuesday's 14-6 win over the Brewers, giving up one run on three hits and a walk over three innings while striking out two.
With the Reds holding a nine-run lead, Romano got the call in the seventh inning and finished things out for a long-relief save in his first big-league appearance of the year. The 25-year-old will likely continue to fill a low-leverage role in the Cincy bullpen, so this could prove to be the high point of his fantasy value.
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Romano was called up with Tyler Mahle (hamstring) landing on the injured list, but he's been primarily a reliever in Louisville this season and looks set to fill a bullpen role with the Reds. In 59.1 innings for the Triple-A club this season, he owns an unremarkable 4.70 ERA, not far off his career 4.99 mark in 232.2 innings at the big-league level.
Romano was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Romano is converting to the bullpen, a move which may be necessary for him to have success at the highest level, as he owns a 4.99 ERA in 232.2 career innings in the majors. He's on the 40-man roster, so he'll have a chance to return in a relief role at some point this season.
The Reds will move Romano to the bullpen on a full-time basis, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We wanted to simplify that for him, so he can see himself in that role," manager David Bell said. "We think he can be very effective as a reliever. For the time being anyway, that's the way we're seeing it."
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the Reds said at the start of spring training that Romano's not in competition for an Opening Day rotation slot. But this quashes the notion that he'd eventually land back in the rotation in the event of an injury.
Romano is not expected to open the season in the Reds' starting rotation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Manager David Bell failed to mention Romano when running through the team's projected Opening Day rotation, though he did say the right-hander will remain an option to start and/or fill a long-relief role. It's worth noting that Romano fared better as a reliever in 2018, posting a 3.77 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 14.1 innings of relief compared to a 5.48 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 25 starts (131.1 innings).
Romano has lost 15 pounds this offseason through eating healthier and doing more cardio at the gym, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Romano's role for 2019 is unsettled -- between new manager David Bell and new pitching coach Derek Johnson, it's a brand new regime for the Reds, and the two haven't declared what role Romano might have. It's possible even that the Reds might join the handful of clubs using some form of the "opener," at least for a couple of rotation slots.
Romano allowed two runs on three hits and one walk across five innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates. He struck out one.
Romano was excellent through the first four innings, holding the visitors scoreless on just a pair of hits. He allowed a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch in the fifth and wasn't brought back out for the sixth. Romano fared quite well considering he hadn't gone longer than 2.1 innings in his previous 12 appearances, but a lack of run support kept him from earning his ninth win. It remains to be seen where he fits into the team's plans for 2019.
Romano will take the hill against the Pirates on Sunday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Manager Jim Riggleman said Friday that Romano "won't pitch a lot" during Sunday's game, but that he'll "start the game and see where it takes us." The right-hander started 24 games for the Reds earlier this year before transitioning to a role out of the bullpen. During those outings, he logged a 5.56 ERA.
Romano is the leading candidate for the Reds to start Sunday's game against the Pirates, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Interim manager Jim Riggleman elaborated that neither Homer Bailey nor Tyler Mahle is a candidate to start. "Romano is an ex-starter, he could certainly start that game," Riggleman said. "It depends on if he pitches in relief Friday, he might not be the starter for that day. We've got a lot of guys who can pitch, a lot of guys who need to get a little work. It could very well be a bullpen day, unless Sal is totally available to start it and maybe give us more than anybody else."
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|05/10||@ PIT||W 14-1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ CLE||L 2-9||1.1||1||0||0||2|
|05/04||vs CHW||L 0-9||2.0||2||0||1||3|
|04/28||@ LAD||L 0-8||0.2||4||6||4||0|
|04/24||@ STL||L 0-2||1.0||2||0||0||0|
|04/22||vs ARI||L 11-14||1.1||2||0||0||1|
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|2016||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||156.0||27||27||0||6||11||0||144||34||157||3.52||1.224|