Posted on 24 August 2012 by WNST Staff
The Orioles today announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz from Triple-A Norfolk and activated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter has been optioned to the Baysox and left-handed J.C. Romero has been designated for assignment.
Matusz went 2-1 with one save and a 4.21 ERA (47.0IP, 22ER) in 10 games (six starts) with the Tides. He made his last four appearances as a reliever (6.0IP, 4ER, 9K), including consecutive outings on August 21 and 22. Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .258/.288/.274 line in 62 at-bats at Triple-A.
Flaherty batted .289/.341/.526 in nine rehab games with Norfolk, hitting safely in each of his last six games. He appeared at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field.
Hunter has gone 4-8 with a 5.95 ERA (121.0IP, 80ER) in 23 games (20 starts) over four stints with the Orioles this season.
Romero pitched to a 6.75 ERA (4.0IP, 3ER) in five appearances with the Orioles.
Posted on 14 August 2012 by WNST Staff
The Orioles Tuesday announced that they have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero and recalled right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Additionally, left-handed pitcher Troy Patton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 13, with a right ankle sprain. To make room for Romero on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich has been designated for assignment.
Romero was acquired from the Cleveland organization yesterday. He will wear #48.
This will be the third stint with the Orioles this season for Johnson, who was optioned on August 9. He won his first major league start on August 8.
Patton is 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA (52.1IP, 15ER) and 48 strikeouts in 50 appearances for the Orioles this season.
Socolovich pitched to a 6.97 ERA (10.1IP, 8ER) in six appearances for Baltimore.
Posted on 13 August 2012 by WNST Staff
The Orioles Monday announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero from Cleveland in exchange for minor leaguer infielder Carlos Rojas. Romero’s contract will be selected tomorrow and he will be added to the 25-man roster, with corresponding moves to also be announced on Tuesday.
Romero was in the Orioles’ system earlier this season, going 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA (14.1IP, 4ER) and 13 strikeouts in 17 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. He pitched to a 3.12 ERA (8.2IP, 3ER) in eight games with Triple-A Columbus.
He is 34-28 with a 4.15 ERA (657.1IP, 303ER) in 675 games (22 starts) in a 14-year career with Minnesota (1999-2005), the Angels (2006), Boston (2007), Philadelphia (2007-2011), Colorado (2011) and St. Louis (2012). Romero has held left-handed hitters to a .218/.313/.293 line in 1,121 plate appearances over his career.
Rojas batted .226/.285/.248 in 48 games with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
Posted on 10 July 2012 by Luke Jones
Left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero became the latest retread to leave the Orioles’ organization when he was granted his release from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Signed to a minor-league deal on May 23 after he was let go by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the month, the 36-year-old pitched to a 2.51 earned run average in 17 appearances for the Tides. Romero held an opt-out clause that could be triggered at the All-Star break, which the veteran elected to exercise after seeing no imminent opportunity with the Orioles.
He owned a 1-0 record and struck out 13 batters while walking five in 14 1/3 innings. Romero took a brief leave of absence from the Tides recently to deal with personal matters and had struggled leading up to the break.
Left-hander Zach Phillips is currently at Triple-A Norfolk, giving the Orioles another option should they choose to add a southpaw to their bullpen that already includes left-handers Troy Patton and Dana Eveland.
Romero has pitched for six different clubs over his 14-year career and is now a free agent.