The woes for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero continued to mount today as the hurler suffered yet another disappointing spring outing this time at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. Romero pitched three innings surrendering three runs over five hits raising his spring training earned run average to 7.27. Romero issued a moonshot to Johnny Peralta along with two free passes in the outing.
Romero has allowed 11 hits including three home runs in a dreadful 8.2 innings pitched in Grapefruit League action. Under normal circumstances you may not be too concerned with the stat line, but after the debilitating season Romero had in 2012, one has to wonder if he is on the cusp of self-imploding again. The poor showing only heats up the discussion on the likelihood of Romero starting the season in the minor leagues in an attempt to fine tune his delivery and get back to the basics.
The Jays have proven major league pitcher J.A. Happ penciled in for Triple A which for obvious reasons doesn’t sit well with Happ. The 30 year old has a 1.93 ERA surrendering two runs in 9.1 spring innings to date.
Romero needed nothing more than to have a strong showing in Florida to prove that last season was a fluke, but it appears the hurler is going to pick up where he left off which begs the question if Romero is best suited for a stint in the minor leagues.
Regardless if Romero was the opening day starter in 2012, if the Jays plan to contend this season, they cannot afford to have a pitcher on the staff putting up the lopsided numbers that Romero did last season.
Tough questions for the Jays brain trust to answer in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.