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Phillies Designate J.C. Romero for Assignment

The Phillies have decided to designate J.C. Romero for assignment in favor of Vance Worley, the expected starter for Saturday’s tilt against the Mariners.

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Romero has struggled so far this year despite his 3.86 ERA. His strikeouts per nine innings is the lowest it has been since 2001, leaving his K/BB at the lowest point of his career. In addition, his fly ball percentage is at the highest point of his career, but to this point, luck has kept those balls in the yard.

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It’s a small sample of a season, but with the velocity on his fastball down and his inability to induce swings and misses, Romero won’t have time to work through his problems.

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As The Good Phight showed this past week, Charlie Manuel simply wasn’t using Romero correctly. Allowing Romero to face as many right-handed batters as he did was a mistake, and now Romero’s time in Philadelphia may be over.