Romero was recalled by the Twins on Tuesday.
Romero received sporadic opportunities with the Twins early in the season but has been in the minors since mid-June. He's recorded a 7.88 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in eight innings in the majors but posted a more respectable 4.37 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 57.2 innings for Triple-A Rochester.
Romero (back) was activated off the minor-league injured list Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Romero landed on the IL on June 21 with a lower-back strain but is able to rejoin Triple-A Rochester after a few weeks on the shelf. The 24-year-old has a 4.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 28:10 K:BB over 29 innings with the Red Wings this season.
Romero was placed on the minor-league injured list Friday with a lower-back strain, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester last week after a one-day stint in the majors and apparently suffered the injury when he fired 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but the 24-year-old will be eligible to be activated next Thursday.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
After just one day back with the Twins, Romero finds himself returning to Triple-A Rochester. With the Twins leading 10-1 in the eighth inning Thursday, the 24-year-old got his chance to pitch but gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while failing to record an out. The Twins called up Zack Littell in a corresponding move in an effort to bolster their bullpen.
Romero was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.
It's encouraging to see Romero back with the Twins, as he showed promise in his last stint in the majors, allowing four hits and no runs in five appearances with eight strikeouts at the beginning of May. Since then, he's been inconsistent with Triple-A Rochester, posting an ERA of 6.06 in 16.1 innings pitched, although he carries a 15:6 K:BB during that time. The 24-year-old will most likely be used in low-leverage situations and could find himself back in the minors if the Twins opt to bring back Adalberto Mejia (calf) once he's eligible to return.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Romero, who didn't take the mound during either game of the twin bill, heads back to Rochester to make room for Willians Astudillo's return from a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old has a 5.63 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB over eight major-league innings this season.
The Twins recalled Romero from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Wednesday's game against the Astros.
Romero will be up with the big club for the second time this season after he previously made a two-inning appearance in relief over the weekend while serving as the Twins' 26th man in their doubleheader with the Orioles. Minnesota also recalled Kohl Stewart from Rochester to make the start Wednesday, but since it's unlikely he'll be asked to work deep into the contest, Romero could be called upon to cover a couple of innings out of the bullpen.
Romero will be called up from Triple-A Rochester to serve as the 26th player in Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Romero had a chance to open the season with an impact role in Minnesota's bullpen, but was instead optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. The 24-year-old has a 4.32 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB over 8.1 innings to begin the season at Rochester.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Minnesota management talked about Romero all spring as in their plans as an impact reliever, but he had two poor spring outings in a row, leaving him with a 8.38 ERA. It could be a short stint in the minors, as he was one of the few relievers in camp with minor-league options. It will also be interesting to see if the Twins keep Romero in the bullpen in Rochester.
Romero will be used in a multi-inning role to begin the season and is unlikely to close games, MLB.com reports. "I don't know that we were viewing him as the back-end guy right at the outset," said chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.
Romero has had two poor outings in a row as he gave up four runs while retiring two batters with two walks Wednesday. His spring ERA rose to 8.38. It sounds like he'll still make the 25-man roster, but it's still possible he could begin the season in the minors. While he may not be the closer initially, he still has upside to take over the role later this season after the Twins moved him to the bullpen this spring.
Romero gave up five runs (four earned) and did not retire a batter while giving up three walks and a hit in Sunday's spring training loss to Toronto. "It's a good outing to wipe clean, because I've really enjoyed the way he's thrown the ball," manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Romero, who has been moved to the bullpen after working as a starter last season, had given up one earned run in nine innings before Sunday's clunker. It sounds like he'll be given a mulligan, but he may need to impress in his final spring outing. It sounds like the Twins plan to use him as a reliever in many different spots. He could be in the closer mix as well; Baldelli hasn't indicated whether he'll use a single stopper or a bullpen-by-committee approach.
Romero has had a strong spring in relief, allowing just two runs over seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks. "I'm hoping that, in time, he's going to be a very, very important piece we can look to get very important outs during the course of a game," manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Romero has been moved to the bullpen after working as a starter last season. It sounds like the Twins plan to use him as a reliever in many different spots. He could possibly be in the closer mix as well as Baldelli hasn't indicated who he'll use at closer of if he'll use a bullpen-by-committee approach. With his impressive velocity and slider, Romero has some upside to emerge as the team's closer. However, he could also be shuffled between Triple-A and the majors since he has a minor-league option remaining.
Romero will move to the bullpen this season, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
A conversion to relief was rumored earlier in the offseason and confirmed by new manager Rocco Baldelli on Saturday. Romero impressed in his first five starts of his rookie campaign last season but finished with an unimpressive 4.69 ERA in 11 starts. The 24-year-old has the classic characteristics of a player who could thrive after such a move, as he owns a big fastball and a good slider but lacks a third pitch and has mediocre command. If he makes a smooth adjustment, he could become an important high-leverage reliever in Minnesota as soon as this season.
Minnesota is considering moving Romero to the bullpen, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "His mentality fits," Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. "When people watch him pitch, they see him in the bullpen, they see clear ability there. So we're open-minded to that."
Romero had impressive velocity in his major-league debut last season, but he was previously thought more to be a candidate for the fifth starter spot in the rotation. He dazzled in his first five starts in the majors last season with a 1.88 ERA and 9.1 K/9. However, he ran out of gas in his next five starts with a 7.54 ERA, 6.0 K/9 and 2.0 HR/9. While Romero had an impressive 95.4 mph average fastball, he struggled with his control and command. He could be a dark horse for Minnesota's closer role if the team doesn't sign a veteran given his velocity, but his role and chances to make the team are uncertain. He likely needs more time at Triple-A.
Romero will not join the Twins' expanded roster in September because he's approaching his innings limit, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The hurler has compiled 133.1 frames between Triple-A Rochester and the majors. Romero has a 4.69 ERA in 55.2 innings (11 starts) in the latter but won't get a chance to make a better impression until the 2019 season, when he could compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Despite underwhelming command indicators (7.3 K/9, 3.1 BB/9), Romero, who turns 24 in December, could provide at least occasional mixed-league fantasy value if he can lock down a 2019 starting gig.
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's outing against the Rays, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Romero surfaced in the big leagues for a spot start after Aaron Slegers (shoulder) landed on the disabled list. Romero was knocked around for four runs on 10 hits while striking out one across 4.1 innings, and although he didn't factor into the decision, the Twins ended up winning 11-7 in extra innings. The 23-year-old right-hander has posted a 4.69 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with 45 strikeouts over 55.2 innings with Minnesota this season.
Romero was recalled from Triple-A Rochester ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Rays.
Romero assumed the rotation and active roster spot of Aaron Slegers (shoulder), who was placed on the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move. The 23-year-old right-hander previously made 10 starts for Minnesota earlier in the season, producing a 4.38 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 51.1 innings. Romero could stick around as the big club's fifth starter until one of Slegers or Ervin Santana (finger) is ready to return from the DL.
Romero will start Sunday against the Rays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Romero has a solid-but-unspectacular 4.38 in 51.1 innings for the Twins this season, though his 2.04 ERA in 39.2 innings for Triple-A Rochester is quite good. Aaron Slegers will hit the disabled list with shoulder inflammation in a corresponding move.
Romero could get the start Sunday against the Rays, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Romero was sent to Triple-A Rochester on June 23 after posting a 4.38 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 35 strikeouts over 39.2 innings with the big club. Since getting demoted, the 23-year-old right-hander has been on a tear with the Red Wings, putting him in line for a spot start.
Romero gave up one run over seven innings Sunday with six strikeouts for Triple-A Rochester. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 7.5 K/9 in three starts since being sent back to the minors.
Romero is performing strong enough at Triple-A that he's likely put himself in position to be back in the majors shortly after the All-Star break.
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