Pirates add Enny Romero to active roster; demote Dovydas Neverauskas

As expected today, the Pittsburgh Pirates added left-handed reliever Enny Romero to the active roster.

To make room for Romero, the Bucs optioned Dovydas Neverauskas back to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Romero was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The Pirates had two open spots on the 40-man roster so he will take up one of those and no other corresponding move is necessary.

Prior to being waived by the Nats, Romero had allowed three run in two innings of work, striking out two and walking one.

Last season Romero had a 3.56 ERA, 10.5 K/9, and a 2.83 K/BB rate in 55.2 innings pitched.

With the demotion of Josh Smoker on Friday, Romero becomes the second lefty in the pen along with Felipe Vasquez.

Although throughout his career Romero has had much better results getting right-handed hitters out.

Left-handed batters have hit .317/.398/.467 against Romero in his career while right-handed batters have hit just .232/.317/.371.

Neverauskas struggled mightily so far this season, posting a 10.80 ERA in seven appearances.

He allowed 11 hits, three walks and eight earned runs in just 6.2 innings of work. Without a strikeout pitch, it’s hard to fathom Neverauskas being a competent MLB reliever in the future.

As we covered this afternoon, Max Moroff is also up from Triple-A Indianapolis, taking the roster spot of the injured Josh Harrison.

Matt Shetler

Matt is a life long Pirates fan with both a newspaper and radio background. Before coming to Pirates Breakdown he was most recently the co-owner and lead columnist for Pittsburgh Sporting News. He has been a credentialed writer for all four major sports and also has written for plenty of other sports and fantasy sports websites.