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Orioles sign former Cardinals reliever Romero

Former Cardinals reliever J.C. Romero has been signed by Baltimore, the Orioles reported Thursday.

Romero pitched in 11 games for the Cardinals and managed to complete eight innings or work. During that stretch, he allowed 14 hits and nine earned runs which accounted for his 10.13 ERA.

Over his career, Romero is 34-28 with a 4.15 ERA. He's played for the Twins, Angels, Red Sox, Phillies and Rockies in addition to St. Louis.

Since he's been gone, the Redbirds have tried to make it with one southpaw in the bullpen, Marc Rzepczynski with the plan to use righty Kyle McClellan against lefties when the need for a second lefty arose. Unfortunately, McClellan hurt his elbow and is expected to be out until August.

I inquired about the availability of Ken Dayley on Tuesday. But the 53-year-old lefty informed me that the whole if you're left-handed and you have a pulse you can pitch in the major leagues thing is woefully inaccurate.

But I guess I could have figured that out myself based on Romero's performance...