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How much longer can Blue Jays stick with Ricky Romero?

Mar 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Minor elbow surgery, plasma injections in both knees, and mechanical adjustments were supposed to address whatever ailed Ricky Romero during his disastrous 2012 season, but the Blue Jays left-hander is still struggling.

Pitching in a minor-league game yesterday Romero walked five batters, struck out zero, and allowed four runs in 2.1 innings. He also has a 7.27 ERA and more walks (7) than strikeouts (6) in four starts in major-league games this spring, looking an awful lot like the guy who went 1-13 with a 7.35 ERA in his final 17 starts last season.

Following the game general manager Alex Anthopoulos answered all sorts of questions about Romero’s status without really saying anything definitive, but after previously ruling out a demotion to the minors he seemingly left that door open a bit this time:

We haven’t talked about it at all. Obviously we evaluate it start by start. We’ve said we have our five starters, he’s one of our five starters. As we go through it, the first conversation I’ve had about it is right now. I’ll talk to Gibby, talk to Pete, we’ll talk to the player as well. We haven’t had any change of plans, the plans are still the same but just like anything else you’re constantly evaluating.

At some point you can’t just keep trotting Romero out there every fifth day to walk everyone and/or get his brains beat in, especially since the Blue Jays have serious playoff aspirations this season and no shortage of rotation depth.

  1. missthemexpos - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Still amazed by Ricky’s pitching abilities falling off a cliff, way too much pitching talent on the team to waste more than a couple of starts for Ricky if he does not turn his game around PDQ.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      His self confidence is completely gone.

      • muscles1331 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        *baseball* confidence maybe. When you are dating an ex Miss USA, some confidence must remain.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    The answer to Aaron’s question is “We do not know?” J. A. Happ has pitched well this spring and is eager to be in the rotation. I would not be surprised if Happ begins the year in the rotation instead of Romero.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Happ will start against the Red Sox today and will have a chance to make his case to be in the rotation instead of Romero.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Happ shut out the Red Sox over 6 innings today lowering his ERA this spring to 1.89. The Jays know what they have to do as does Romero.

        In other news, Mighty Casey made an appearance and struck out 2 in his scoreless inning. Janssen should be ready when the season begins. Santos struck out 3 in his scoreless inning but did have 2 wild pitches.

    • josemartez - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I hope it goes this way. I feel like Happ could do really well this year.

  3. digbysellers - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Scott Kazmir disease…maybe a few years down the road Romero will be back pitching for Francona too.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I always found the guy to be a cocky doosh, so not shredding too many tears for him…plus he’s on a division rival.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      How does one shred a tear?

      • deathmonkey41 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        By typing on a f#cking phone with autocorrect!

      • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Turn off autocorrect.

  5. jaysjunkie - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    For the good of the team and him, Romero has to be demoted to fix what ails him. I don’t know if they have a Mel Queen-type guy in the minors who helped rebuild Roy Halladay, but something serious has to be done, as Ricky has simply lost it. With the team being “all in” now, they just can’t afford to have someone out there who, at this point in his career, is a lot more likely to lose than win. And with Happ available as a solid back of the rotation guy there’s no reason to not make the change. They’ve talked about Romero still being at the major league level because of loyalties to him and his talent…screw that. They’ve been more than patient and loyal to him and he’s now out of rope IMO.

    I’m hoping like hell that Ricky figures it out and his talent can overcome the demons in his noggin.

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