SOUTHINGTON - Former Southington High School baseball standout Sal Romano is heading back to the major leagues.
The Reds announced on Monday afternoon that Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take the place of pitcher Tyler Mahle, who was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain.
Romano has tossed 59 1/3 innings at Triple-A so far this season, and has been particularly effective in the month of July after being put back into the team’s starting rotation. In 17 innings this month, the 25-year-old has posted a 1.59 ERA with 24 strikeouts for the Louisville Bats, and in his last outing on July 18, the righty fanned 10 batters in five innings.
Romano’s recent surge has helped erase a slow start to his season in the minors. He brought down his season ERA to 4.70 in 35 appearances, with almost all of those innings coming in a relief role.
This will be the third straight season that Romano has seen action in the majors. He has thrown 232 2/3 MLB innings, logging a 4.99 ERA and a 4.68 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), while striking out 178 batters. He was drafted by the Reds in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft after a stellar career with the Blue Knights.
Mahle’s next scheduled start was for Wednesday in Milwaukee against the Brewers, but Lucas Sims will be starting in his place. It is unclear how Romano will be used by the Reds, whether out of the bullpen or in the rotation, going forward.
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