Toronto Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero Optioned To Triple A Buffalo
The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned starting pitcher Ricky Romero to their triple A affiliate Buffalo Bisons, after the shortest start of his career. In his second start of the season, Romero was unable to make it out of the 1st inning against the Tampa Bay Rays only retiring on Rays batter. Romero surrendered 3 runs and had the bases juiced when Jays manager John Gibbons gave Romero the quick hook. The quick hook proved that Gibbons did not have faith in Romero being able to effectively get the job done by not allowing him to battle through the 1st inning.
This morning Romero was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons as Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey were recalled. The Jays also designated Edgar Gonzalez who came in to clean up Romero’s mess in a subsequent move. The promotion of Ortiz and Storey reiterates the lack of quality pitching the Blue Jays have at the Triple A level.
The trials and tribulations continue for Romero who did not break camp with the Jays as he was held back in Dunedin to work on his mechanics.
Jays moves today: Ricky Romero optioned to Buffalo. Edgar Gonzalez DFA. Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey called up from Buffalo.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 9, 2013
In his defense, the Jays rushed Romero back to the majors after only one start in Single A, after Josh Johnson was sidelined. It now appears that Romero will have a long road ahead of him if he plans on resurging his career and proving his worth at the major league level.
The Blue Jays pitching staff remains in flux with the injuries to J.A. Happ and Josh Johnson and the lack lustre performances of Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey who both have inflated earned run averages over 5.00.
The Blue Jays will now pay Romero $7.5 million to ride the buses in the International League.