J.C. Romero has found another new home.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Saturday with the Indians. He was sent to Triple-A Columbus, where he’ll attempt to prove that he’s worthy of a major league roster spot.
Romero was cut by the Cardinals in mid-May after allowing 14 hits and nine earned runs in just eight innings of relief. He then signed on with the Orioles but lasted less than six weeks in that organization.
The 36-year-old southpaw has a 4.15 career ERA and 1.51 career WHIP in 657-plus major league frames.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.
Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.
When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.
The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.