The Washington Times - June 29, 2011, 03:04PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Nationals have signed former Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor league deal and placed him on the roster at Triple-A Syracuse, as CSN’s Mark Zuckerman first reported. 

Romero, the veteran left-hander who was a key part of Philadelphia’s championship bullpen, appeared in 24 games this season for the Phillies posting a 3.86 ERA in 16 1/3 innings and allowed 43 percent of inherited runners to score and opponents got on base at a .392 clip against him.

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Philadelphia began filling the late-inning role with lefties Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes and Romero became expendable.

The Phillies designated Romero for assignment on June 16 and gave him his unconditional release on Friday.

Over the course of 13 major league seasons, Romero has posted a 4.07 ERA.