Southington High School alumni Sal Romano was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon.
Romano made two relief appearances after his contract was selected last week from triple-A club Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right hander had started the season with the Cincinnati Reds, compiling a 5.23 ERA in 20 2/3 innings before being granted free agency in May.
Romano joined the Yankees organization the same week, pitching in 18 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before his promotion. In triple-A, he had a 5.40 ERA in 18 games, all out of the bullpen. He struck out 16 before getting promoted.
In his brief stint in the majors for New York he allowed three hits and no walks while striking out three in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
He made his Yankees debut against the Red Sox on July 22nd, earning a hold in a 5-4 loss to Boston.
The transaction will clear a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Andrew Heaney, who was acquired at the trade deadline for Janson Junk and Elvis Pegeuro.
It is the third time Romano has been DFA’d this season, and has an option on his contract to return to Scranton-Wilkes-Barre unless another big league club claims him during over the next few days.
Romano’s debut for the Yankees is the first time a Southington High School graduate has donned a Yankee uniform since Carl Pavano did in 2005. His Yanks debut was also against the Red Sox.