The recent signs of progress haven’t been enough. Unfortunately for Ricky Romero, it looks like his time is up. On Tuesday the Toronto Blue Jays made a tough, but ultimately correct choice in replacing Romero as the fifth starter. The organisation is in the process of optioning Romero to Class-A Dunedin to fine tune the delivery mechanics.
J.A. Happ will take the fifth starter position, replacing the onetime ace.
As GM Alex Anthopoulos explained, there just wasn’t enough time. “We ran out of time. It’s hard to work on things at the big-league level. It’s hard to do that in an environment that it’s all result-oriented.
“This is not to take anything away from Jay, but this was about Ricky… we’ve seen what he’s done, take away last year. He was a horse for us, 225 innings and a 2.90 ERA, everything he’s done. He’s been outstanding for us. So we’re getting him right and getting him straight. It’s about getting him right and hopefully the sooner the better.”
The left-hander was the Jay’s number one starter at the start of last season but the addition of aces Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey in the off-season saw Romero struggle to join the rotation.