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  1. Ricky Romero outrighted to Triple-A for second time this year

    Oct 5, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    ricky romero jays getty

    The Blue Jays announced yesterday that left-hander Ricky Romero was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. This is the second time this year that he has passed through waivers unclaimed. Of course, that shouldn’t be a big surprise at this point, but it’s just the latest indication of how far Romero has fallen since he posted a…

  2. Blue Jays two-hit Red Sox in 5-0 shutout

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:56 PM EST

    J.A. Happ

    J.A. Happ probably would have opened the season as the most well-compensated pitcher in Triple-A if Ricky Romero hadn’t struggled so mightily this spring. Inserted into the Blue Jays’ rotation instead, Happ struck out six in 5 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout of the Red Sox on Saturday. The…

  3. Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to High-A Dunedin

    Mar 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    ricky romero getty

    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…

  4. How much longer can Blue Jays stick with Ricky Romero?

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Ricky Romero

    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…

  5. Ricky Romero says his elbow feels “100 times better”

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:34 PM EST

    Ricky Romero AP

    After finishing sixth in the AL with a 2.92 ERA in 2011, Ricky Romero endured a nightmare campaign last year in which he struggled to the tune of a 5.77 ERA and 124/105 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. While the drop-off was alarming, it was somewhat explained when the southpaw had an elbow cleanup in…

  6. Blue Jays, Mets finalize seven-player R.A. Dickey trade

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    R.A. Dickey, Travis d'Arnaud

    R.A. Dickey passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his trade to Toronto. Here’s the official transaction: Blue Jays acquire RHP R.A. Dickey, C Josh Thole and C Mike Nickeas from the Mets for C Travis d’Arnaud, C John Buck, RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Wuilmer Becerra. The final two names — those of Nickeas and…

  7. Casey Janssen had shoulder surgery on November 16

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    casey-janssen-blue-jays

    Nearly two weeks later the Blue Jays announced today that reliever Casey Janssen underwent shoulder surgery “to repair lingering AC joint soreness.” John Lott of the National Post notes: “This is the second time in the past month that the club revealed that a pitcher with a previously undisclosed injury had undergone surgery. Late in…

  8. Breaking down the huge Toronto-Miami trade

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    It’s not official yet, but here are some early thoughts on the trade as it’s currently being presented: Blue Jays acquire SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck and $4 million from the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechvarria, LHP Justin Nicolino,…

  9. Ricky Romero undergoes minor elbow surgery, gets plasma injections in both knees

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Ricky Romero

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery and “received platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees to enhance recovery from quad tendinitis,” which perhaps helps explain at least some of his disastrous season. Romero was an All-Star last season and got off to a decent start this year,…

  10. Red Sox banking on John Farrell becoming a better manager in Boston

    Oct 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EST

    John Farrell

    There’s simply no way the Red Sox could have looked at John Farrell’s work in Toronto and came away with the idea that he was a great manager. The Blue Jays were a horrible baserunning team, they had Omar Vizquel questioning their clubhouse leadership and their win total decreased in both of his years at…

  11. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  12. Luke Hochevar’s horrible season ends with 10-run inning

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    Luke Hochevar

    Despite sporting a 7-13 record and a 5.36 ERA, Luke Hochevar got a vote of confidence from the Royals’ organization earlier this month. He’s responded in classic Hochevarian fashion; he gave up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four starts. Hochevar’s season officially ended during the Indians’ 10-run fifth inning on Sunday. Hochevar…

  13. Yankees squander chances in loss to Blue Jays

    Sep 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Rajai Davis AP

    The Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 3-2 this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, which means the Orioles could move into a tie for first place in the American League East with a win over the Red Sox tonight. (Editor’s note: Baltimore won 4-3) The Yankees had plenty of chances to blow this game open,…

  14. Ricky Romero snaps 13-game losing streak

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Ricky Romero

    It wasn’t pretty, as he gave up four runs in five innings with more walks than strikeouts, but Ricky Romero snapped his 13-game losing streak with a victory over the Orioles last night. Toronto’s lineup handed Romero four runs of support in the first two innings and scored nine total runs, so like most “wins”…

  15. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  16. Skipped start can’t stop Ricky Romero’s shocking collapse

    Sep 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Ricky Romero

    After watching Ricky Romero go 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his previous 13 starts the Blue Jays mercifully decided to skip his turn in the rotation last week, giving the former All-Star a much-needed break. Unfortunately it didn’t do much good. Romero rejoined the rotation last night against the Mariners and failed to make…

  17. Blue Jays will skip struggling Ricky Romero in rotation

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    Ricky Romero

    Manager John Farrell has repeatedly made it clear that the Blue Jays won’t shut down Ricky Romero despite his going 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his last 13 starts, but they will skip his next turn in the rotation. Romero was scheduled to start Saturday against the Red Sox, but instead he’ll skip that…

  18. Ricky Romero is 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his last 13 starts

    Sep 3, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

    Ricky Romero

    Ricky Romero finally created some reason for optimism on August 28 when he tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Yankees, striking out six and walking two in what was arguably his best start since April. And then yesterday he threw away whatever progress he’d made and then some by failing to make it…

  19. What’s going on with Ricky Romero and his 5.75 ERA?

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero showed a steady progression in his first three seasons, as his ERA went from 4.30 to 3.73 to 2.92 with similar improvements in walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio. He emerged as a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Blue Jays last season, making his first All-Star team at age 26 and throwing 225 innings with…

  20. A’s torch Blue Jays 16-0 for seventh straight win

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:50 PM EST

    Jemile Weeks, Josh Reddick

    The A’s had a nice little thing going over the weekend in sweeping a four-game series against the Yankees. In all, they entered their series against Toronto having won five straight games by exactly one run. Needless to say, they weren’t content with such efforts against the Blue Jays. After beating Toronto 7-2 on Tuesday,…

  21. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  22. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:47 AM EST

    New York Yankees first baseman Teixeira misses a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Johnson during a MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Rays 4, Yankees 3: Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season, which allowed in the go ahead run. Hey, he’s allowed one bad day, right? All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.…

  23. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  24. Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:02 PM EST

    Ricky Romero Getty

    Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow. Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury…

  25. Brandon Morrow throws two-hitter in Jays’ victory

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Brandon Morrow

    Finally breaking through after 2 1/2 inconsistent seasons as a starter, Brandon Morrow picked up his seventh win in spectacular fashion Wednesday, throwing a two-hit shutout against the White Sox. It’s Morrow’s second shutout in four starts; he also tossed a three-hitter against the Mets on May 19. Morrow had the big outing tonight despite…

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