Nationals select contract of Jhon Romero

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jhon Romero from Triple-A Rochester and placed outfielder Yadiel Hernandez on the Paternity List on Thursday. Additionally, the Nationals designated catcher Jakson Reetz for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Romero, 26, went 2-4 with two saves and a 2.62 ERA in 38 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Rochester in 2021. He struck out 69 batters against just 11 walks with a .237 opponents’ batting average in 55.0 innings pitched. He tossed more than 1.0 inning in 18 of his 38 games, posting a 1.23 ERA (5 ER/36.2 IP) in those outings.

In five outings with Triple-A Rochester, Romero posted a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP) with 11 strikeouts, one walk and five hits allowed (.192 opp. AVG). He joined the Red Wings after going 2-4 with two saves and a 2.83 ERA in 33 outings with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

A native of Cartagena, Colombia, Romero was acquired by the Nationals from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Kintzler on July 31, 2018. Romero has posted a 2.84 ERA and 10.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 119 career Minor League outings across six professional seasons. He was originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on May 13, 2015.

Reetz, 25, made his Major League debut this season. He went 1-for-2 with a double and one run scored in two games.