The Rays sent righty Tommy Romero to Triple-A after today’s game, opening a roster spot for the recently-acquired Javy Guerra to be added to the active roster tomorrow, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The Rays have also announced the roster moves.
Romero tossed two innings to close out today’s 9-3 win over the White Sox. He allowed on earned run on a solo home run to Gavin Sheets while striking out three. It was his second appearance since joining the active roster last week. In his Major League debut, Romero got the start against the A’s, but managed to record just five outs (one strikeout) while walking five, serving up two hits, and three earned runs. Romero has risen the ranks of the Rays system somewhat surprisingly, and he will no doubt find his way back to the bigs this season as a multi-inning swingman.
Guerra was acquired from the Padres for cash considerations yesterday. The hard-throwing righty was a fairly well-regarded prospect before seeing his career consistently derailed by injures. He even briefly held the top spot in the Padres system back in 2016 per Baseball America, but that was back when he was a shortstop. He was converted to a pitcher during Spring Training in 2019. As a recent convert who can light up the radar gun, the 26-year-old is a perfect project for Tampa’s brain trust.
It will certainly be interesting to track Guerra’s progress in Tampa. Since he’s out of options, he cannot be sent back to Triple-A without being exposed to waives – which is precisely how they’ve acquired him in the first place. The Rays, as we know, love to shuttle pitchers back-and-forth between the bigs and Triple-A. He joins Chris Mazza, Matt Wisler, and Brooks Raley as members of the bullpen who cannot be optioned without being exposed to waivers.