ML→NPB→Korean debut and injury retirement ‘Former SSG dragoons’, even in their hometown, sell out ‘5G ERA 5.40’

Eni Romero, who signed with SSG Landers but was released before making his debut due to injury, is reportedly struggling in his homeland.

“Romero is playing in the Dominican Republic Winter League, but is struggling,” Japan Full Count reported on March 25 (KST).

SSG signed Romero ahead of this season. They signed him for a total of $1 million ($800,000 salary, $200,000 option). He was expected to be a starter, but during the second camp in Okinawa, Japan, he complained of shoulder pain while pitching in an exhibition game. He hasn’t pitched since.

He rehabbed in the U.S., but the news was not encouraging, and Romero was not seen in the exhibition games.

Finally, in early May, SSG made a decision. They signed Roenis Elias (34).

Romero was a concern before signing, as he had a history of back, forearm, and shoulder injuries. In 2020, while playing for the Junichi Dragons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League, a shoulder injury forced him to leave the team before playing a single game. He signed a minor contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, but returned to Japan in June of that year. He appeared in four games as a substitute for the Chiba Lotte Marines, posting one win. Last year, he went 8-9 with a 3.36 ERA in 20 games and 115 innings pitched.

And he was headed to South Korea. SSG double-checked him due to his injury history, but ultimately released him without ever using him.

This year, he is playing in the Dominican Republic Winter League for Leones del Escogido. He pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings in his first game on October 19, but since then, he has given up runs in four straight games. 보스토토 도메인

He gave up five runs on eight hits (one home run) in 3⅔ innings, one run on four hits in five innings (his first win), six runs on seven hits in two innings (his first loss), and two runs on four hits (one home run) in five innings (his second win).

As of the 25th, he is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five games and 20 innings pitched.

“Romero has gotten wins, but he’s been giving up runs, including home runs,” said Full Count.

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