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 platelet-rich plasma injections to both knees to counter the tendinitis he felt in his last start of the season. When he was reporting to spring training a week ago, he told a media scrum that, while his elbow is "100 times better," his "knees have been a work in progress." Sportsnet's Shi Davidi wrote a piece on those damaged knees. After a successful (but not necessarily pain-free) outing facing live batters today, Romero told Davidi: "I feel like (the knees) are just kind of give and take, you know, you have your good days and your bad days [...] I'm just trying to keep them loose and not let them kind of get achy and tight. So we'll just see how they continue to feel every day." Manager John Gibbons is not concerned right now--the club will decide what to do when that time comes--but he did say: "You've got to have good strong legs, that's the whole foundation of pitching."
Ricky Romero's Knees (And Toes, Knees And Toes, Knees And Toes)
Bluebird Banter | Feb 19