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By The Sports Xchange March 22, 2013 2:20 PM
The Washington Nationals signed veteran left-hander J.C. Romero on Friday to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Romero is expected to arrive in the Nationals' spring-training camp on Saturday. According to MLB.com, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Romero will not make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. The Nationals scouted Romero while he pitched for Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic. "It has been conveyed to him (that he'll start the season in the minors)," Rizzo said, according to MLB.com. "We don't feel that it's realistic. He will go to the minor leagues, perform down there. If he can help us down the road, we'll go grab him." Romero, 36, pitched a combined 12 innings for St. Louis and Baltimore last season, allowing 12 runs and posting a 9.00 ERA.