Pirates Acquire Enny Romero

Hard-Throwing Lefty Reliever Claimed Off Waivers From Nationals

Eric Hagman
April 14, 2018 - 3:58 pm
Enny Romero

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to overhaul their struggling bullpen by claiming 27 year old left-hander Enny Romero off waivers from the Washington Nationals.   Romero was added to the 40-man roster and will report to the team by Tuesday.

Romero was designated for assignment April 7 after making two appearances for the Nationals.  He allowed 3 earned runs in 2 innings.  In his first season with Washington, Romero was 2-4 with 2 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 53 appearances.  He was traded to Washington in 2017 after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Romero has been compared to Pirates closer Felipe Rivero, whom he replaced in the Nationals bullpen.  His fastball has been clocked at 100 mph.  In his career, Romero has averaged more than a strikeout per inning (148 in 138), but control has been an issue.  He walked 69 batters in those 138 innings.    

The Pirates did not announce a corresponding roster move, but right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas, who has been ineffective, is likely to be moved out.  On Friday, the Pirates demoted Clay Holmes and Josh Smoker and recalled Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez from Indianapolis.  The moves left Vazquez as the only southpaw in the bullpen.