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Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to High-A Dunedin

Mar 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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Ricky Romero‘s big fall from grace carries on.

According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the left-hander has officially been optioned to High-A Dunedin. Romero allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. He wound up posting a 6.23 ERA, 2.08 WHIP and 8/10 K/BB ratio in 13 total spring frames.

Romero will try to right the ship down on the farm. J.A. Happ, meanwhile, will take his rotation spot.

Romero registered an exceptional (and somewhat ace-like) 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 178/80 K/BB ratio across 225 innings for the Jays in 2011. But the 28-year-old southpaw had a 5.77 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 124/105 K/BB ratio in 181 innings last season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    This move is best for the Jays and Romero. He will get a chance to work out his issues in a low stress environment. Happ has had an excellent spring and has earned the #5 starter role.

    • albertmn - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      I understand sending him down, but isn’t High-A a little far? Seems like a big drop.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        As Dunedin is the winter home of the Jays and the place where they rehab players, there will be plenty of coaches on hand to help him.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        Actually if you look at it this way; the weather there is warmer than in Buffalo. they have their facility there, and once he gets his mechanics figured out. He`ll be able to build his confidence one level at a time.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        In my morning paper, Richard Griffin had the best answer to your comment. The answer is weather. Toronto’s Triple A team is in Buffalo and its Double A team is in Manchester N. H. Dunedin is much warmer in April and Romero will have a better opportunity to work on his mechanics.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        I meant Jeff Blair rather than Richard Griffin. They are both refugees from Montreal who found jobs in Toronto covering the Jays. Blair is with The Globe and Mail. Griffin is with the Toronto Star. Their views are often interchangeable.

  2. nbjays - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I agree, PC! Ricky needs some time to get the demons or gremlins or whatever out of his noggin and A-ball is the place to do it. Hopefully he can work his way beck to where he was in 2011. Good news for J.A. Happ, as he has more than earned his spot in the rotation.

    Bring on opening day!

  3. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Agree proudlycanadian

  4. ncphilliesguy - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    RAJ needs to buy low.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      This may actually represent buying at face value. Romero has always had control issues. He keeps the ball on the ground, but he’s always had a problem throwing strikes.

  5. evanwins - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    This guy was amazing in 2011. I don’t really follow the Jays but as a baseball fan I remember his year and watched a few of his games and he was great. I remember he had amazing stuff and I thought with that kind of stuff he was really going to be something. I still think he has great stuff. he just lost the strike zone somehow and still can’t find it.

  6. Al - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Looking forward to his surprise comeback as the Indians’ fifth starter in 2017.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    yet another bust that came up thru the bluejay system

    • nbjays - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Oh look! Isn’t that cute! They let Harry out of his cage so the keepers could clean the poo off the walls.

  8. 13arod - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    this makes a little bit of sense know i will go to daytona to see the daytona cubs when they face the blue jays single a team and get his autograph i live 30 min from daytona so it will be fun

  9. dondada10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I seem to remember another Jays pitcher getting farmed out early in his career. He turned out okay.

    • amaninwhite - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Can only hope it works out in a similar fashion.

  10. munsonsgravity - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Happ is brutal. Jays are in trouble again.

  11. historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    What is this “Dunedin”? Canuck for “Sand Noise”? Is that the town that disappears into the mists every 100 years? I’m certain it must not be real. It must be a fabled place where shunned beavers go to live in the Great North. You must frighten your children with horror stories: Eat your blubber or you’ll end up in Dunedin! Nooooo!

    • nbjays - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      I hear there’s a similar fictional place in the U.S. where reality goes to die They call it Washington, D.C. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        No, that’s where we send out village idiots to rehabilitate.

      • nbjays - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Sadly, it ain’t working… must be all that idiocy in close proximity that’s resisting any and all rehab efforts. Nice try though ;-)

  12. buffalomafia - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Just because a team looks good on paper doesn’t mean they will be a winner!

  13. gregbeau - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    I blame the flat-brimmed cap.

    • nbjays - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      That’s it! It’s Joba-itis!

  14. jaysfan64 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    People keep comparing this situation to Halladay…the only similarity is the town of Dunedin…Halladay was really bad, historically bad at the time and it was decided that a total rebuild of mechanics and approach was the best way to go….Romero is nowhere near as bad as Doc was…Shi Davidi compares this situation to Cliff Lee in 2007 which sounds about right…

  15. stex52 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Sorry, Cur.

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