Report: Seth Romero violated Nationals team policy, sent home from spring training

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Nationals pitching prospect Seth Romero was sent home from spring training on Monday morning. A spokesman for the Nationals said Romero violated a club policy. Passan adds that it’s not known how long Romero will be gone or which policy he violated.

The Nationals selected Romero in the first round — 25th overall — in last year’s draft. He fell in the first round due to character issues he had while playing for the University of Houston. In 2015, he was suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” which was believed to be poor physical conditioning. He was suspended again in April 2017 for failing a drug test, missing curfew, and being photographed in a team uniform while holding a bong. Romero was reinstated and then dismissed due to getting into a fight with a teammate.

Last season, pitching mostly for low-A Auburn, Romero yielded 12 runs on 19 hits and six walks with 32 strikeouts in 22 innings. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the fifth-best prospect in the Nationals’ system.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.