With the injuries that continue to plague the Philadelphia Phillies, roster shuffling continued Friday afternoon as the Phillies prepared to begin a series at home against the Texas Rangers and the IronPigs headed into the final game of a four game set with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Scott Mathieson, who made his second appearance this season with the Phillies last night against the Colorado Rockies, was optioned back to Lehigh Valley. The relief pitcher has thrown a total of three innings for Philadelphia this year and has not allowed any runs. While his ERA looks magnificent in his limited work with the Phillies, his batting average against (.417) raised some concern.
Since Mathieson was sent down to the IronPigs, and Shane Victorino was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Phillies found themselves with two empty roster spots.
Lehigh Valley also added an infielder to their roster Friday as Niuman Romero was assigned to the IronPigs after being acquired by the Phillies through a trade with Toronto. In 2011, the 26-year-old Romero has appeared in eight games for the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays. Romero hit .160 with no extra base hits, two walks and nine strikeouts during his time with Las Vegas.
Romero has played in a total of twelve Major League games, 10 with Cleveland in 2009 and two with Boston in 2010. He is a career .111 hitter with three runs scored, zero runs batted in and no extra base hits.