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Nationals prospect Seth Romero sent home for team violation

Washington Nationals prospect Seth Romero was sent home from spring training on Monday morning for violating club policy.

Although Romero's dismissal resulted from an infringement of team guidelines, the pitcher did not violate any MLB rules. At present, there is no additional information regarding a timeline for his return.

"We don't discuss family politics or family issues, but he's part of this family," general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday. "Actions beget consequences. No player is bigger than the organization."

Romero, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Houston, was a first-round pick last summer. Although some considered him a top-10 talent, he was selected 25th overall after a tumultuous junior year with the Cougars.

Romero, 21, was suspended for the first two weeks of the 2017 season for conduct detrimental to the team. He was later suspended again, with the Houston Chronicle reporting the suspension stemmed from a failed drug test. A third incident in May 2017 led to his dismissal from the Houston program.

Romero, who was recently ranked as Washington's fourth-best prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, pitched to a 5.40 ERA in six appearances with the Nationals' low-A affiliate last season, tallying 32 strikeouts in 20 innings.

"Hopefully when he gets back here he'll be better for it," Rizzo said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.