CLEVELAND: Veteran left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, 36, has been signed by the Indians and dispatched to Columbus.
Romero pitched in 11 games for the Cardinals and gave up nine runs, 14 hits and three home runs in eight innings. In a long career with six teams (Twins, Angels, Reds, Phillies, Rockies, Cardinals), he compiled a 34-28 record and 4.15 ERA.
In all, he has appeared in 675 big-league games, including 22 as a starter, but he has not started a game since 2001.
NO CHANCE – Would manager Manny Acta consider expanding the rotation to six starters when Roberto Hernandez returns?
“No,” he said. “By the time he gets up here, it will be August, and we want to win as many games as possible and not spread out six guys. There would be a better chance of going to a four-man rotation than six.”
PEREZ REPORT – Rafael Perez (strained lat) will throw two innings or 30 pitches (whichever comes first) at Akron Monday night.
“Then we’ll reevaluate whether he comes here or throws back-to-back in the minors,” Acta said.
FARM FACTS – B.J. McFarland (4-3, 4.89 ERA) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings, as Columbus defeated Lehigh Valley 6-2….Tony Wolters had three hits and Anthony Gallas singled and drove in two runs in Carolina’s 3-0 win over Lynchburg….Jacob Lee (4-0, 2.11 ERA) pitched five hitless innings, striking out five, as Mahoning Valley beat Jamestown 2-1. Juan Romero hit his sixth home run of the season and drove in two runs.
— Sheldon Ocker