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Phillies sign reliever Romero
06/22/2007 7:05 PM ET
Lefthander J.C. Romero signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. He will work out with the Phillies' rookie-level Gulf Coast team in Clearwater, Fla.

Romero, 31, was 1-0 with one save and a 3.15 ERA in 23 games for the Red Sox this season before being designated for assignment by the club on June 8 when righthander Mike Timlin was reinstated from the disabled list. Romero was released on June 18.

Nineteen of his 23 appearances for Boston this season were scoreless and he posted a 1.88 ERA (3 ER, 14.1 IP) in his final 15 games. His last major league appearance came on June 4 at Oakland (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO).

In 2002, Romero went 9-2 with a 1.89 ERA in a career-high 81 games for Minnesota. From 2002 through 2006, he appeared in 361 games, which was the fourth-highest total among all major league pitchers over that five-year span.

Last spring, Romero pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He has also appeared in eight playoff games for the Twins (2002-04), posting a 1.17 ERA.

Romero was originally selected by Minnesota in the 21st round of the 1997 draft out of the University of Mobile (Ala.). He has a career record of 27-22 with three saves and a 4.54 ERA in 415 games (22 starts) for the Twins (1999-2005), Angels (2006) and Red Sox (2007) and has held left-handed hitters to a .232 average. As a reliever, Romero is 24-11 with a 3.89 ERA in 393 career appearances.

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