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Ricky Romero’s latest setback is season-ending leg surgery

Jun 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Quadriceps surgery can now be added to the list of things that have contributed to derailing Ricky Romero’s once-promising career.

Romero has been a mess since 2011–when he made the All-Star team as a 26-year-old–posting a 5.77 ERA with a league-high 105 walks in 2012 and then spending most of last season at Triple-A. He’s back at Triple-A again this year and walked 42 batters in 38 innings, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Romero is now expected to miss the remainder of the season following surgery to have “inflammation cleaned out in his quadriceps tendon.”

Romero is making $7.5 million this season and is still owed another $7.5 million next season as part of a $30 million contract extension inked prior to 2011. It seems weird to say about a 29-year-old just three seasons removed from being an All-Star, but the odds are probably stacked against Romero throwing another pitch in the majors at this point.

  1. neoshweaty - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    How did the wheels come off the bus so quickly for this guy? It’s crazy how a guy can go from lights out to can’t get a pitch over the strike zone AT ALL.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Wait, is this the Daniel Bard thread?

      • neoshweaty - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Yes

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I’m not wishing the man ill will, but I NEVER liked him and I can’t really feel sorry for him. He comes off as a arrogant d-bag.

  3. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Well there is always a chance he can come back. Guys like EE, Lind, even Halladay are guys who have fallen to rock bottom and climbed the ever going ladder again. Be great if he could recapture some form of glory again

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