The Cincinnati Reds are playing a double header today against the St. Louis Cardinals. As the rules now allow, the teams playing double headers are allowed to have a 26-man roster for the day. That almost always means adding a pitcher and that’s exactly what the Reds have done today, recalling right-hander Sal Romano from Triple-A Louisville.
The last time that Sal Romano was in the Major Leagues it was not a good memory as he allowed 8 runs in 0.2 innings against Washington as the Reds were blown out of the water that day. But that’s been his only hiccup in over two months between Triple-A and the Major Leagues. Going back to June 26th the righty has thrown 36.0 other innings and posted a 2.00 ERA where he has given up just 25 hits. In that span he’s also walked just 8 batters and he’s struck out 40 opposing hitters.
With it being August 31st, that means that tomorrow is September 1st and rosters can be expanded up to 40 players. As I wrote over at Redleg Nation, I expect Romano, among others, to be up for September. That may just mean that Romano sticks around for the rest of the season rather than heading back to Triple-A after the game for all of two days before the Louisville Bats season ends.