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Cardinals release veteran reliever J.C. Romero

May 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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J.C. Romero coughed up multiple runs Saturday for the third straight appearance and he won’t get a chance to snap that streak with the Cardinals, as they released the veteran left-hander this morning.

Romero, who was signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal in December, finishes his time in St. Louis with a 10.13 ERA and .368 opponents’ batting average in 11 appearances.

Romero has bounced around an incredible amount in the past few seasons and his inability to consistently throw strikes or retire right-handed hitters really limits his role to left-handed specialist. And at age 36 even that might be too much responsibility.

  1. okwhitefalcon - May 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Welcome back Eduardo Sanchez, hopefully he’s got his command issues under some sort of control
    and on deck hitters and/or mascots won’t have to dress out in full riot gear when he’s on the mound.

    • umrguy42 - May 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      You mean Yadi *didn’t* tell him to just throw the next one at the bull?

  2. pxeeks - May 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    No performance enhancement drugs in his system. Go figure.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    His velocity has fallen like an anvil onto Wile E Coyotes head. He does however throw left handed so I suspect he will get signed by some team to a minor league deal as insurance or desperation!

  4. Utley's Hair - May 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    It’s a shame to see him straggling like this.

  5. b7p19 - May 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Did I hear somewhere that the Phillies were in need of bullpen help?

  6. okwhitefalcon - May 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Per STL Post Dispatch writer Jeff Gordon’s twitter:

    “Eduardo Sanchez wasn’t scored on in his last five outings for Memphis. He was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and five saves in his last 10 games.”

  7. paperlions - May 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    About freaking time.

    • thomas655 - May 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      I would say that is correct, Romero really needed to go. Is anyone else as worried as me about Jaime Garcia? He looked horrible in Houston and had another horrible outing in his last start.

      • The Rabbit - May 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Jaime has been so consistent the past two years had these last two awful outings not been consecutive, you may not have noticed.
        This kind of thing happens to some very good pitchers from time to time for who knows what reason.
        Yeah, I’m a little concerned but not in a panic. Just hoping that he is healthy and that a minor adjustment to his mechanics solves the problem.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 14, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Garcia’s stuff doesnt have me concerned although his mental make up sure does.

        He’s got to be able stay focused, not let little things get him out of his game and stay sharp if something doesn’t go his way.

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