Apparently, the only thing anyone need know about the Blue Jays' struggling left-hander Ricky Romero is, "He'll start Monday." This seemingly obvious bit of news, according to manager John Farrell, was delivered brusquely following Thursday's 10-4 victory over the A's. The Jays, Monday, are in Seattle for the start of a 10-game road trip. For Romero that single start will be pivotal.

A month ago, a similar question directed to the manager about a healthy Romero would have been unbelievable. But now, after a month of unexplained failures, questions of his future need to be asked. One of just two healthy Jays starting pitchers from opening day, if there was ever a separate DL for injured pitching psyches, the 27-year-old from East Los Angeles would be on its 60-day list.

In fact, if the '12 season was to start right now, Farrell would likely set up the rotation as follows: Carlos Villanueva, Aaron Laffey, Henderson Alvarez, Brett Cecil and Romero. That is not good enough in the AL East, especially with the acknowledged leader abdicating his duties in search of an inner-self. You can't lead others if you can't lead yourself. This is a real issue, separate to stats.