Ricky Romero RUMORS & NEWS

  • Ricky Romero’s latest setback is season-ending leg surgery

    Hardball Talk "Quadriceps surgery can now be added to the list of things that have contributed to derailing Ricky Romero’s once-promising career. Romero has been a mess since 2011–when he made the All-Star team as a 26-year-old–posting a 5.77 ERA with a league-high 105 walks in 2012 and then spending most of..." June 20

  • Ricky Romero outrighted to Triple-A for second time this year

    Hardball Talk "The Blue Jays announced yesterday that left-hander Ricky Romero was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. This is the second time this year that he has passed through waivers unclaimed. Of course that shouldn’t be a big surprise at this point but it’s just the latest indication of how far Romero has..." October 05

  • Blue Jays mishandled Ricky Romero

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays lefthander Ricky Romero is a sensitive man and is not afraid to share his feelings. It’s a “this century” thing. Recall in the spring of 2011 when he was named as the Jays’ opening day starter following the departure in consecutive off-seasons of Roy Halladay and then Shaun Marcum..." September 09

  • Ricky Romero says he’s back to doing things his way

    Toronto Star "Ricky Romero says it’s on him now. His struggle is his problem. So he’s throwing out all the mechanical adjustments the Toronto Blue Jays have made to his delivery this season and going back to pitching as he always has. If he fails now, it will be on his terms. “It’s my career, man,” the..." June 06

  • Blue Jays need to give Ricky Romero game plan and stick to it

    Toronto Star "The biggest mystery of the season for the Blue Jays is what has happened to the rising star of pitcher Ricky Romero. Struggling at Triple-A Buffalo, Romero on Friday suffered the ignominy of being passed through outright waivers with no team feeling he was worth the risk of claiming for a small..." June 03

  • Jays manager John Gibbons rooting for Ricky Romero

    Toronto Sun "One game does not a full recovery make but at least Ricky Romero showed some positive signs Saturday in his latest start for triple-A Buffalo. After allowing eight runs and failing to get out of the first inning in his previous start for the Bisons, Romero worked six innings against Norfolk,..." June 02

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    steve simmons @simmonssteve

    BREAKING: Ricky Romero has been dropped from Jays 40 man roster and outrighted to Buffalo Bisons. Brandon Morrow to DL. AncientOrtiz is back

  • Ricky Romero can't last an inning

    Toronto Sun "Former Blue Jays No. 1 starter Ricky Romero hit rock bottom Monday in his start for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons against the Durham Bulls. Romero, the former "ace" of the Jays staff, lasted just two-thirds of an inning. He allowed eight earned runs on five hits, including one home run. He faced..." May 28

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Buffalo game started at 11:05 in Indianapolis. Rickey Romero barely made it past noon: 3.2IP/4H/3R-2ER/6BB/1K. Taken out after sixth walk.

  • Blue Jays option Romero in roster shakeup

    Sportsnet "Ricky Romero’s mechanical makeover will continue at triple-A Buffalo while Ramon Ortiz appears headed to the Toronto Blue Jays rotation, filling one of two vacancies. Romero was optioned to the Bisons on Thursday morning after lasting just seven batters in a 10-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays the..." May 09

  • Jays put Josh Johnson on DL, recall Ricky Romero to start Friday

    TSN "Left-hander Ricky Romero is heading back to Toronto. The club announced on Thursday that starter Josh Johnson has been placed on the disabled list with right triceps inflammation and that Romero would start in his place on Friday against the Seattle Mariners. Romero, who was sent to Single-A..." May 02

  • Ricky Romero pitches well in first start at High-A Dunedin

    Hardball Talk "Ricky Romero surrendered 17 hits, 10 walks and 11 runs in 13 innings this spring and was not on the Blue Jays’ active roster when camp broke. But his debut Saturday with the Jays’ affiliate in the Florida State League provided a glimmer of hope. According to John Lott of the National Post,..." April 28

  • Brett Lawrie, Ricky Romero not close to return

    Toronto Sun "Jose Bautista may have made it back into the Blue Jays lineup but it looks like it's going to be a while before you see the return of third baseman Brett Lawrie or left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero. Both players are back in Dunedin -- Lawrie with a left rib injury and Romero working on his..." April 10

  • Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to minors

    Toronto Sun "Ricky Romero’s fall from grace was complete Tuesday when hours after his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates the Blue Jays decided to option the left-hander to class-A Dunedin to work on his delivery. The No. 1 pitcher in the Jays rotation the previous two seasons, Romero was dropped down to..." March 27

  • Jays' Ricky Romero sent to minors

    Toronto Star "As spring training starts go, it was a big one for Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Romero, who has gone from No. 1 in the rotation last year to No. 5 in a revamped starting five, has struggled in spring training and needed to step up in his Grapefruit League start against Pittsburgh..." March 26

  • Blue Jays Ricky Romero tweaking delivery

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero is working with pitching coach Pete Walker to “iron out” some mechanical wrinkles in the hopes of improving his wayward command, Jays’ manager John Gibbons said Tuesday. “It’s not a major thing, but we think it’s something that will help him.” Romero typically..." March 22

  • Blue Jays try to solve Ricky Romero's pitching woes

    Toronto Sun "Rickey Romero took a step backward on Thursday and, in a way, so did Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. Just a few weeks ago Anthopoulos stated unequivocally there was no way that Romero wouldn’t open the season in the Jays’ rotation but after his performance against a high A-Ball club from..." March 22

  • Ricky Romero remains mired in a crisis of confidence

    Toronto Star "Alex Anthopoulos jumped in his car Friday morning, set to head across central Florida. He never made it to his destination, which was Joker Marchant Stadium at the corner of Kaline Dr. and Horton Way. Had he made it, he would have witnessed the latest instalment in the Ricky Romero Against..." March 16

  • Which Ricky Romero are the Jays getting?

    Toronto Sun "Ricky Romero will tell you that last year was last year. It’s over and he’s turned the page. But then he comes out and makes a start like he did on Saturday against the Tigers and you have to wonder. Against Detroit, Romero lasted two innings — he was scheduled to go three — and gave up..." March 14

  • Which Ricky Romero are the Jays getting?

    Toronto Sun "Ricky Romero will tell you that last year was last year. It’s over and he’s turned the page. But then he comes out and makes a start like he did on Saturday against the Tigers and you have to wonder. Against Detroit, Romero lasted two innings — he was scheduled to go three — and gave up..." March 12

  • Ricky Romero gets grip on struggles

    Toronto Star "Ricky Romero can laugh about it now, his disastrous 2012, as if it were a time in his life he barely recognizes. He can handle the good-natured ribbing of new teammate Mark Buehrle, who asked Romero during their first bullpen session if he had walked anybody yet. Time and off-season surgery have..." March 11

  • Ricky Romero's Knees (And Toes, Knees And Toes, Knees And Toes)

    Bluebird Banter "Right after the World Series it was announced, via a press release, that Toronto Blue Jays left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero had arthroscopic elbow surgery--a "rather routine procedure." What many of us overlooked was the second part of the release, which mentioned that Romero also received..." February 19

  • Jays pitchers Janssen, Romero happy with post-surgery progress

    Vancouver Province "The sun was nowhere to be seen Thursday and eavestroughs carved puddles into the gravel at rainy Florida Auto Exchange Stadium by early afternoon. Of course, most Blue Jays players had left by then. While there is a spring plan to build for the regular season, a newcomer might be forgiven..." February 14

  • Jays' Romero in search of 2011 form

    Toronto Sun "Through January and the first few days of February, the Blue Jay clubhouse at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium has been the hub of pre-spring activity as various players take advantage of the weather and the facilities to put the finishing touches on their off-season training. With camp set to..." February 10

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Romero undergoes elbow surgery

    Toronto Star "As Ricky Romero struggled through his disastrous 2012 season, it was often speculated he must have been hurt. Now we know he was. The Blue Jays' 27-year-old left-hander had arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago to "clean up" scar tissue that had built up in his left elbow, he and the club..." October 31

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Romero confident he'll get his swagger back

    Toronto Sun "Throughout his late-season swoon this year, Ricky Romero handled himself well; facing the media after every poor start, refraining from any epic temper tantrums, even being the go-to guy when it was celebrity-opening-pitch time, like when Wayne Gretzky took the mound at the Rogers Centre on..." October 04

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Romero limps off in final start of season

    Toronto Star "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..." September 30

  • Ricky Romero leaves final start with left knee discomfort

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero was pulled from Saturday's game against New York after experiencing discomfort in his left knee. Romero appeared to be in pain after throwing a pitch to Andruw Jones that was high and away. The Toronto southpaw hopped a few times on the mound and appeared..." September 29

  • Jays' Romero returns to winning ways

    Toronto Sun "For Ricky Romero, this long-sought ninth victory was like a cold drink of water after 94 days in a baseball desert. "It feels good," said Romero, who earned his first pitching victory since June 22 in Toronto's 9-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. Romero last tasted victory in..." September 25

  • Blue Jays to give Ricky Romero extra rest between starts

    National Post "Ricky Romero needs a break to clear his mind and rest his body, his manager says. He pitches better with extra rest, John Farrell added. The Toronto Blue Jays skipper did not mention another pertinent fact: Boston has always been bad news for Romero. Which might help to explain why the..." September 06

  • Ricky Romero loses 12th straight, Blue Jays pummelled 9-4 by Rays

    Toronto Star "It's hard to believe Ricky Romero's disastrous season could find new depths to plumb. The former all-star has already set career-worsts in just about every statistical category: he's walking more batters than ever before, striking out fewer, giving up more hits and home runs, while pitching..." September 03

  • Ricky Romero loses 12th straight, Blue Jays pummeled 9-2 by Rays

    Toronto Star "It's hard to believe Ricky Romero's disastrous season could find new depths to plumb. The former all-star has already set career-worsts in just about every statistical category: he's walking more batters than ever before, striking out fewer, giving up more hits and home runs, while pitching..." September 02

  • Romero records seventh straight loss

    Toronto Sun "At one time, Safeco Field in Seattle drew nothing but sellout crowds, a wall of Mariners teal. On Monday, another colour swamped the green seats. One of blue. Blue Jays fans arrived for the opening game of a three-game series like a flash mob of blue. They assembled themselves 10-10 deep..." July 31

  • Romero's biggest problem is command

    Toronto Sun "The young buck had been impressive in his second start. Who cared that the Blue Jays had lost 3-2 to Minnesota Twins at the MetroDome in 11 innings on the night of April 14, 2009? Big picture, the ever-lasting impression was of the Jays lefty starter, who worked eight innings, escaping a..." July 29

  • No easy answers for Blue Jays' Romero

    Toronto Sun "What to do about Ricky Romero? That was the $64,000 question that manager John Farrell and general manager Alex Anthopoulos tossed around deep into the night following Romero's disastrous outing Wednesday against Oakland where he allowed eight earned runs on four hits and six walks in just 1..." July 27

  • What can the Toronto Blue Jays do with struggling left-hander Ricky Romero

    Toronto Star "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..." July 27

  • Toronto Blue Jays, Ricky Romero hammered by Oakland Athletics in 16-0 loss

    Toronto Star ""Complete embarrassment." That's how Ricky Romero summed up his performance Wednesday, after he gave up eight runs in just 1 1/3 innings. "This team plays their asses off every night and for me to come out and have this type of performance it's kind of tough to look my teammates in the eye..." July 26

  • Ricky Romero's struggles reveal Jays' need for veteran starter

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays, inside the front office, never regarded themselves as 2012 sellers heading into July, but that always seems the perception and would have remained so if not corrected by GM Alex Anthopoulos. It's forever believed the Jays, for some reason, need to dump contracts to save money or..." July 04

  • Ricky Romero lit up as Blue Jays lose to Red Sox, 10-4

    Toronto Star "Ricky Romero's season of soul-searching reached its lowest point here on Wednesday afternoon. The Jays' 27-year-old ace, who was expected to lead the team's young rotation this year, had his worst outing of the season and among the worst of his career, giving up eight earned runs in just three..." June 28

  • Terrible Start for Ricky Romero: Jays Loss to Red Sox

    Bluebird Banter "Very bad day for Ricky Romero. A lousy strike zone from plate umpire Rob Drake didn't help, nor did some bad defense, but Ricky was nothing less than terrible. The game was pretty much over after the first inning. 4 hits, 2 walks and a terrible Edwin Encarnacion error added up to 6 Red Sox runs in..." June 27

  • Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero feeling no extra pressure despite team's pitching woes

    Toronto Star "Ricky Romero says he doesn't care much about the labels other people place on him. But the Blue Jay ace must know his team needs him — now, more than ever — to live up to his name, if not his anointed title. "The ace label is something that gets placed on me by you guys," Romero said here in..." June 27

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Romero doesn't take kindly to jokes about Jays' injuries

    Toronto Star "Ricky Romero may be the only Blue Jays' starting pitcher left standing at the end of this train-wreck of a month for the team's rotation, but he's not going to put up with jokes about the freaky run of bad luck that seems to have fallen upon his fellow hurlers. "Criticize my game, criticize my..." June 26

  • Blue Jays need Ricky Romero to find his groove

    Toronto Star "You never want your starting ace to be a grinder. You want him to be a surgeon, rather than a butcher. You want to see an artist on the hill, not a house painter. Same tools, but different results. However, for the Blue Jays' acknowledged No. 1 starter, Ricky Romero, the 27-year-old is going..." May 24

  • Romero left fuming

    Toronto Sun "When informed of Joe Maddon's diss, Ricky Romero looked pissed. Prior to the game Maddon, the colourful manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, told the media that if he had nine left-handers he could bat against Romero, he's use them. It's no secret that Romero, even though he's left-handed, has..." April 18

  • Blue Jays notebook: Ricky Romero gets ball rolling in opener

    Toronto Star "The Jays open their 36th season of AL play on Thursday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with left-hander Ricky Romero facing my fellow Jamaican-born right-hander, Justin Masterson. It will be the second straight opening day start for Romero. Jack Morris and Dave Stieb also started two in a..." April 05

  • Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero aggressive right off the bat

    Toronto Star "Even though it was simply an intrasquad game played Friday afternoon at Dunedin Stadium, it feels like baseball is back. The mere sight of a pitcher throwing to a hitter with eight other players in the field, every pitch counting, was enough to get the pulse racing. Reflecting that impatient..." March 03

  • Romero longs for October baseball

    Toronto Sun "There is a hint of October in the cool, damp air. As usual, that's a signal that the Blue Jays' season is over. This is a team tradition Ricky Romero wants no part of. "It's always a bitter feeling when you're sitting at home watching on TV," said Romero, who tossed his last game of the..." September 28

  • Romero let down by Jay defence in final start

    Toronto Star "With a chance to make up a game on the Red Sox, Saturday's contest was a game the Rays desperately needed to win. Conversely — at least for the first inning — it looked like a game the Jays desperately wanted to give away. The end result was a 6-2 victory for the Rays, closing to a game and a..." September 25

  • Romero gem gives Jays chance to earn walk-off win

    Toronto Star "If there is one truth to the soon-to-be-completed Blue Jays season, it is that Ricky Romero nearly always gives them a chance to win. The ace of the pitching staff is developing a reputation as an inning-eating bulldog who goes about his business purposefully and gives as much as he can every..." September 20

  • Romero expels Red Sox demons

    Toronto Sun "The numbers are fascinating. Or horrifying. Take your pick. Either way, the Boston Red Sox have been hell on earth for Toronto Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero. Understand that Romero, through almost four full seasons in the big leagues, has established himself as one of the better young..." September 09