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.