Saturday, April 05, 2008

Nomo Added to the Roster

Hideo Nomo was added to the major league roster after the Royals sent back up catcher Matt Tupman to Omaha. The move was possible because Miguel Olivo has completed his four-game suspension and is now eligible to play.

Nomo's career numbers over 11 seasons with six big league teams are good: 123-109 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. But he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2005 (with Tampa Bay) and that season was a complete disaster. He was 5-8 in 19 starts with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. The season before that in Los Angeles was even worse. You have to go back to 2003 to find a season in which he posted good numbers.

He's been a starter his entire career, but he won't be for the Royals. He'll be pitching out of the pen. So, does he have anything left? We're about to find out.

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