Struggling Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo is designated for assignment

first_imgThe Dodgers have 10 days to trade Romo, release him, or outright him to the minor leagues. Any team can claim Romo off waivers over the next seven days.“He always wanted to be a Dodger,” Roberts said. “He had a chance to live that. He wishes, we wish, the circumstance was different.”From the outset of the season, Romo could not rely on the pitch that once made him an elite closer. He threw his slider this season more often than any major league pitcher. A year ago, opponents had a .483 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) against Romo’s slider. In 2017 that figure ballooned to .867.That allowed Pedro Baez, Brandon Morrow, Josh Fields and Ross Stripling to pass Romo on the Dodgers’ right-handed reliever depth chart.“Yeah, he was pressing a little bit,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “He wanted to be a Dodger his whole life. His family is a big Dodgers fan. It was a down year for him. Just watching, you could see he wanted to be doing more than he used to do in the past and pressing a little hard. But we’re all human. We’re all going to do that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> When Dave Roberts sized up the Dodgers’ eighth-inning committee Sunday, he did not mention the one pitcher the team signed in the off-season to cover the eighth inning.His role reduced to an afterthought, Sergio Romo threw four pitches for the Dodgers in July. Thursday, he was designated for assignment to make room for left-handed reliever Grant Dayton, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list.Romo went 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 30 games. He allowed seven home runs in 25 innings, the most of any Dodgers reliever.center_img Romo, 34, pitched nine seasons for the San Francisco Giants before signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Dodgers in February.Dayton adjusts sleep patternDayton said the neck stiffness that originally sent him to the 10-day DL has subsided, but not without a cost.“The doc told me I need to stop sleeping on my stomach,” Dayton said.Since Dayton said his arms go numb when he sleeps on his side, he’s been forced to sleep on his back. The 29-year-old left-hander hasn’t totally adjusted yet.“Sleeping on my back is working against me,” he said.Dayton was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 appearances this season prior to the injury.AlsoProspect Walker Buehler was shelled in his Triple-A debut. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 29 pitches without recording an out for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, walking three batters and allowing four runs. … Three other Dodgers pitching prospects were promoted Thursday. Right-handers Mitch White, Yadier Alvarez and Dennis Santana were added to the roster of Double-A Tulsa. … Atlanta is expected to recall right-hander Aaron Blair to start against the Dodgers on Friday in place of Jaime Garcia. Blair, 25, had a 4.92 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett. He has a 2-7 record and a 7.59 ERA in 15 major league starts, all last season.last_img

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