The Cincinnati Reds have called up right-handed pitcher Sal Romano from Triple-A Louisville. He takes the place on the big league roster of right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle, who has been played on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

As noted in the tweet above, Sal Romano has pitched very well in July for Louisville. But it’s also worth noting that in July he’s worked as a starter, too. From April 5th, the start of the season, through June, Romano worked exclusively out of the Louisville bullpen. He pitched in 31 games, posted a 5.95 ERA, walked 19 batters, allowed three homers, and he struck out 40 hitters.

With the Louisville rotation struggling, and with Sal Romano having formerly started, he got his chance to slide back into the rotation on July 1st. He’s started three games since then, with one relief appearance that came behind rehabbing Alex Wood and lasted 4.0 innings. And he’s absolutely dominated in that span.

Over the first two starts he threw 4.0 innings in each game, allowed just one combined hit, walked no one, and he struck out 10 total batters. In his 4-inning relief appearance against Toledo he gave up two runs, walked no one, and struck out four. He started last Thursday against Pawtucket and racked up 10 strikeouts in a 5.0 inning effort that resulted in one run on one hit and three walks.

Since moving back into the starters role, he’s allowed six hits, walked three batters, and struck out 24 in his 17.0 innings pitched. His ERA sits at 1.59 in that role. Opposing hitters have a .105/.150/.228 line against him in 60 plate appearances.

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16 Responses

  1. Billy

    Is he up to start or relieve? Wouldn’t they give the starts to Sims and let Romano be the long man out of the pen?

  2. AirborneJayJay

    I hope they don’t mess with success and move Big Sal to the bullpen and move Sims into Mahle’s rotation spot. Romano has looked good starting lately, and Sims has looked pretty good coming out of the pen recently. If Big Sal stumbles, then move Sims into the rotation. Lets see if there is some redemption going on with Big Sal first. This could be big for next year if Romano has success this time.

    • DaveCT

      I’d imagine it has as much to do with Romano’s scheduled pitching day (and Mahle’s) as anything else. This would include Sims’ readiness too. Both have earned it. Team can’t really go wrong in that capacity, which makes it an easier decision.

    • Cguy

      Romano last pitched on the 18th, while Sims pitched yesterday. Surely they wouldn’t start Sims on a couple days rest.

  3. Seadog

    Man. Just Wow. Why not call up Herget. Give the start to Sims. Sal is a big league pitcher. Just don’t understand the move.

    • Big Ed

      I don’t follow you on this. Mahle goes to the IL, so they need a starter to replace Mahle’s turn on July 24. Romano makes eminent sense, as he has been unhittable as a starter in Louisville since they moved him back to the rotation. In his last start, on July 18, he pitched 5 innings, gave up 1 hit, and struck out 10. He’s given up 6 hits in his last 21 innings.

      Sims would likely be fine, too, and maybe they will put Romano in the pen, but the move makes a lot of sense to me. Both are 25 years old.

  4. Oldtimer

    Jim Maloney was up and down with Reds in 1960-61-62. He finally stuck in 1963.

    Too early to give up on Romano. Give him a chance.

    • Big Ed

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they give both Sims and Romano 3 innings each, as sort of their version of a bullpen game.

  5. Gaffer

    Mahle probably has a mental hamstring injury, so he can recover from being shelled.

    • Cguy

      Give Tyler credit. At least he’s made management aware of his injury- unlike last year.

      • Gaffer

        I think they would be smart to innings limit him anyway. Baseball usage is changing. Mahle looks more like a 20 start guy than 30 a year.

  6. Norwood Nate

    Is Sal in his 3rd option year? It appears he was up in 2017, ’18, and would have been optioned from ST in 2019. I don’t know exact details, but I feel there are a few guys that may be in their last option-able season with the Reds. Better get a few last looks at the guy before having to make a decision to carry him this offseason.

  7. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    What is the scoop on the change in effectiveness? Isnit a new mentality or mastered a pitch or something else? Has there not been any explanation from those in Louisville?

  8. Colorado Red

    If Sims is pitching on Wed, who is going down.
    Bring up both Sal and Sims, seems 1 more has to go down or on IL.

  9. Simon Cowell

    maybe we get to see the Reds experimemtwith using sal to go once thru the lineup fol.owed by Sims doing the same.