When Ricky Romero argued against coming out of the game during the third inning of the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Saturday, Shawn Hill knew exactly how he felt.

The Georgetown, Ont., native, who went on to bail out Romero with three splendid innings of shutout relief, has defied injuries for six seasons and it's that defiance that has given him hope for a major-league career next season.

On Saturday, Romero grimaced as he twisted his left leg while delivering a pitch with one out in the third inning. Manager John Farrell and the training staff ran out to consult with the struggling pitcher, but Romero would heed none of the urgings from the coaching staff to leave the game.

Romero did come out after finishing off the last two batters of the inning with what the Jays called tightness in his left leg. After the game, Romero visited with doctors for further testing on the quad muscles where they attach just above the knee.

"Even after the inning he didn't want to come out," Farrell said of Romero, who has likely made his last appearance of a personally disappointing 2012 season. "It was evident that after he threw a couple of warmup pitches (following the injury), he could throw, but it wasn't something we wanted to push."