The J.C. Romero era is over (again) in Philadelphia.
The Phillies have designated the struggling left-hander for assignment in order to make room for Saturday's starter Vance Worley. Romero, who was pitching his fifth season with the Phillies after signing a small contract to return to Philadelphia this season, lost his feel for the strike zone over the course of two seasons and was mostly ineffective in a reduced role in the 'pen. In 16 1-3 innings, he had 12 walks and 10 strikeouts, facing (somewhat controversially) many more righties than lefties. Righties hit .297 against him with eight walks, lefties were hitting .202 with four walks.
The move means that David Herndon has bought himself more time in the Bigs, while Antonio Bastardo has received the Phillies' full blessing as the top lefty in the bullpen. The Phillies have 10 days to figure out what to do with Romero.