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MLB Toronto Blue Jays

Ricky Romero Demoted by Toronto Blue Jays

John E. Sokolowski-USA Today Sports

After lasting only a third of an inning last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays have optioned left-handed pitcher, Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo.

Romero finally got his spot back in the rotation when Josh Johnson was put on the DL, but his time back in the majors didn’t last long. On May 3, he was called up by the Blue Jays after he had spent extra time working on his mechanics, following a poor spring training that cost him his spot on the Blue Jays.

His time back only lasted five days in which he got two starts to prove himself. In his first start, Romero went four innings, giving up three earned runs in a loss. Last night, he lasted a third of an inning, giving up three earned runs taking the loss as well.

So in his two starts, he was a combined 0-2 while only throwing a total of 4.1 innings and in that time, he earned himself a 12.46 ERA. Clearly, he didn’t prove he wanted to be back in the majors and that was why he was quickly demoted.

Edgar Gonzalez relieved Romero last night was designated for assignment. He allowed five earned runs in 4.2 innings of work after he came in for Romero. With two roster spots open, the Blue Jays called up two right handed pitchers, Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey.

Starting pitching has been a problem for the Jays all season, and it has been a major contribution to their terrible start after everyone had such high expectations for this team.