University of Houston pitcher Seth Romero has been permanently removed from the team the school announced on Wednesday. Romero was recently reinstated to the Cougars after being suspended for violating team rules. Romero had yet to pitch in a game since being suspended on April 7th. The typical starter had thrown out of the bullpen 3 times this past week before being removed from the team permanently.
A statement from Coach Todd Whitting was released by the Cougars athletic department:
“Due to an event Tuesday, along with previous conduct detrimental to the team, Seth Romero has been removed from the Houston Baseball program. I appreciate Hunter Yurachek’s support of my decision for our program to move forward without Seth. We wish Seth and his family the best of luck as he embarks on the next phase of his life and baseball career. We are fully focused on our remaining schedule and current members of our program”
The University of Houston did confirm to SportsRadio 610 that the event that coach Whitting made mention of in his statement was not anything criminal.
Romero is projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft, he was 4-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 appearances, seven starts, for the Cougars before his suspension.
The Cougars are fighting atop the American Athletic Conference as the season winds down heading into the Conference tournament in a few weeks.
[Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that Romero had thrown a bullpen session, not out of the bullpen. We have corrected the mistake in the story.]