Rotowire: Mar 19 / 1:10p ET
News: Romero was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Romero was getting some consideration for a temporary rotation spot to start the year, but his assignment to Triple-A narrows the field to Nate Karns, Burch Smith, Matt Andreise, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford. The Rays will have three spots to fill early on, with Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder) and Alex Colome (illness) all out. Romero gave up two earned runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 3.2 spring innings with the big club.
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 1:43p ET
News: Romero is being considered as an option for a temporary place in the Rays' rotation, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: As it stands right now, he's probably on the outside looking in, but Romero could push Burch Smith and Matt Andriese for a rotation spot while the Rays are forced to open the year without the services of Drew Smyly, Alex Cobb, and Alex Colome due to a variety of ailments. Romero posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 25 stats (126 innings) at Triple-A Durham last season while finishing with a 117:52 K:BB.