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J.C. Romero is back in the majors

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J.C. Romero is back in the majors

After three months, J.C. Romero is back in the big leagues. The Orioles obtained him from Cleveland for minor league infielder Carlos Rojas. Romeros Monday acquisition was hastened by Troy Pattons sprained right ankle. Hes currently the only left-hander in the bullpen.To make room for Romero on the 40-man roster, right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich has been designated for assignment.After the St. Louis Cardinals released Romero in May, the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract, and in mid-July, he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and left Norfolk.At that point, we thought that was the best opportunity for me. The bullpen was going so good up here and there wasnt anywhere for me, Romero said.Romero began his major league career with Minnesota in 1999, and has also pitched with the Angels, Red Sox, Phillies and Rockies.Hes been to the postseason six times and won two games in the 2008 World Series for Philadelphia. Romeros playoff background could come in handy for his new teammates.All I can bring is my experience and allow them to know how things go and when the race starts getting a little closer and when September comes around, and youre playing those meaningful games, Romero said.The Orioles acquired Romero, thinking hed be more effective than Zach Phillips, another left-hander who was briefly on the team earlier this season.Phillips is currently at Norfolk, but not on the 40-man roster.I think Zachs still an option for us. Hes gone through some ups and downs this year, manager Buck Showalter said.

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: White Sox pop off for 15 hits in 12-2 win over Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: White Sox pop off for 15 hits in 12-2 win over Orioles

The White Sox erupted for double-digit runs in Baltimore Monday night, defeating the Orioles, 12-2. Brandon Hyde's team fell to 1-10 at home this season. 

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ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. is not expected to miss time due to injury, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Smith was removed during Sunday's loss with what was considered to be right quad tightness. While he may be held out a couple days, do not expect him to end up on the injured list.

Trey Mancini continued his hot streak from the plate with two hits on the night. The 27-year-old is batting .347 on the young season. 

Jesus Sucre (catcher) pitched in the 9th inning marking the third time this season a position player has taken the mound for Baltimore. 

WHITE SOX:

José Abreu broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Manny Banuelos made his first start since 2015, and pitched four scoreless innings while allowing just five hits and striking out four. The bullpen handled it from there allowing just four hits the rest of the way. 

INJURIES:

OF Dwight Smith, Jr.: Quadriceps, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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