Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero was scratched from his upcoming start on Thursday afternoon against Tampa Bay because of a mild left oblique strain.

Romero suffered the injury during his last start against the Yankees when he fielded a line drive off the bat of Mark Teixeira.

"There has been some improvement since the game that night," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said following his club's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. "He threw on the mound today just to test it out before tomorrow. He was able to throw but yet, at the same time, he felt like it was tolerable.