SOUTHINGTON — Designated for assignment by the New York Yankees over the weekend, right-handed pitcher Sal Romano was claimed off waivers and signed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
The Brewers put the Southington native on their 40-man roster and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville.
The Brewers are Romano’s third organization this season. He was designated for assignment on May 17 by the Reds, the team that had drafted him out of Southington High School in 2011, and opted to become a free agent.
The Yankees quickly picked him up. They signed Romano to a minor league deal on May 19 and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 1-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 18 appearances.
Summoned to the big league squad on July 22, Romano pitched two games for the Yankees, both in relief. He threw 2/3 scoreless innnings against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 22 and 1 2/3 scoreless against the Rays in Tampa on July 29, striking out three.
Upon acquiring left-hander Andrew Heaney from the Angels at the trade deadline, however, the Yankees needed to free up a roster spot.
In the 23 combined innings he threw this year for the Reds and Yankees, Romano had a 4.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
The 27-year old has appeared in 85 games and thrown 273-plus innings in his Major League career. He’s 15-19 with a 5.10 ERA.
Ironically, the team Romano has pitched against the most is Milwaukee (11 games, 38 innings).
The Brewers (64-44) lead the NL Central by 7½ games going into Wednesday’s action. They did, however, just lose a number of relievers — John Axford to the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury and Josh Hader, Jake Cousins, Hunter Strickland and Jandel Gustave to the COVID-19 list.
Edsall headlining Chamber event
MIDDLETOWN — UConn football head coach Randy Edsall will be the keynote speaker at this month’s Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill.
The event, which will be both in-person and virtual, runs from 7-9 a.m. Tickets are $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members.
Advance registration is required. Sign up online at middlesexchamber.com.
Edsall is entering the fourth season of his second tour of duty with UConn. He previously coached the Huskies from 1999-2010, taking them from Division I-AA status to Division I in 1999 and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season, after which he left for the Detroit Lions and then the University of Maryland.
UConn opens the 2021 season on Aug. 28 in California at Fresno State. The home opener at Rentschler Field is Sept. 4 against Holy Cross at noon.
The Huskies also have home dates with Purdue (Sept. 11), Wyoming (Sept. 25), Yale (Oct. 16), Middle Tennessee (Oct. 22) and Houston (Nov. 27).