The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham, who is starting today’s game. To make room for him on the active roster, left-handed pitcher Enny Romero has been designated for assignment.
Kingham will be making his Major League debut today. This morning, Tim Williams wrote The Book on Nick Kingham, detailing everything you need to know about his path to the big leagues.
Romero was picked up off waivers from the Washington Nationals on April 14th. He has pitched just twice for the Pirates since then, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks (two intentional), with two strikeouts, in four innings. The 27-year-old southpaw also made two appearances with the Nationals, allowing three runs over two innings.
UPDATE 5:08 PM: Enny Romero could not be designated for assignment because he was injured in his last appearance according to his agent. Instead, he has been placed on the disabled list.
The #Pirates have decided not to DFA LHRP Enny Romero. He will instead be placed the 10-day DL with a left shoulder impingement. Romero and his agent informed the Pirates he was injured in his last appearance with the club.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) April 29, 2018
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