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Ricky Romero is a mess at Triple-A too

May 13, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Ricky Romero made his first Triple-A start since being demoted back to the minors by the Blue Jays and looked very much like the pitcher who’s 1-15 with a 7.60 ERA in the big leagues since last June.

Romero failed to make it out of the fourth inning, coughing up six runs on 10 hits, and walked five batters while recording zero strikeouts. It was a complete disaster of a start.

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was asked about the terrible performance and gave an excuse-filled response to Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun:

I think anytime anybody has returned from the big leagues to the minor leagues it’s always a letdown. Those Triple-A hitters can swing the bat. I mean, there’s a lot of good players down there and I’m sure most major leaguers can attest to that. When they go down for the first time or when they’re first sent down when they’re in the big leagues, it’s always a little bit of a letdown. Mentally you go out there and you think you can just go out there and do what you need to do but they swing the bat and they can put you in some tough situations.

Again, Romero is 1-15 with a 7.60 ERA in the majors since last June. His being terrible at Triple-A isn’t about “a letdown” or Triple-A hitters being amazing.

  1. baseballfandrew - May 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    What a fall for Romero after being an all star in 2011. I really feel for the guy. Hope somehow he figures it all out!

  2. jaysfan64 - May 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Blue Jays really botched this one from the top down… I can’t stand Hayhurst but I think he’s right about Romero – if he finds success again it won’t be with the Jays…damn shame as not only was he a good starter but he was popular and active in the community too…whole fan base here is pulling for him…

  3. randygnyc - May 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    He’s a lefty with 9 lives (6 or so left)

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