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24 Ricky Romero SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/209 | Birthdate: 11/6/1984 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Toronto | College: Cal State-Fullerton | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 357.43
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Ricky Romero facing six month rehab after knee surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero is facing six months of rehab following knee surgery, according to the National Post.

Romero had quadriceps tendon inflammation in his left knee. His knee was cleaned out, and he'll miss the rest of the season recovering. Romero had a 5.50 ERA over 37 2/3 innings in the minors. 


Report: Ricky Romero undergoes knee surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) The career of once-productive Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero took another step backward this week when he underwent knee surgery, Sportsnet has reported.

Romero, who has struggled with knee problems for two years, could end up requiring surgery on both knees. He will be evaluated in six weeks to determine the best course of action.

The 29 year old made nine starts at Triple-A Buffalo this season with a 5.50 ERA and 42 walks in 37 2/3 innings. His fine seasons with Toronto from 2009 and 2011 are becoming a distant memory.


Two Toronto farmhands hurl duds Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Two former Blue Jays starters for whom the organization still holds out hope struggled mightily in a Friday doubleheader sweep at the hands of Gwinnett.

Ricky Romero issued an absurd nine walks in 2 2/3 innings in the opener. He is 0-2 this season with 31 hits and 32 walks in 29 2/3 innings and a 6.07 ERA.

Kyle Drabek fared no better in the nightcap. He allowed eight runs in five innings to lower his record to 3-3 and raise his ERA to 4.87. Drabek has surrendered 53 hits in just 40 2/3 inning this year.


Ricky Romero could be subject of disagreement in Toronto


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) John Gibbons and his front office might not be seeing eye-to-eye on the immediate future of Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero, the National Post has speculated. Romero was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo after walking five and giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings against Detroit on Tuesday.

"It didn't help," Gibbons said about the mauling by the Tigers. "But we just feel [he needs] more work. As far as Ricky moving in the right direction, we really like what he did in this camp. Just go down there and polish it up."

Blue Jays management, however, had suggested that based on previous outings, Romero could land a spot in the starting rotation. He boasted a 1.29 spring ERA heading into that game.

The rotation now appears set with R.A. Dickey as the ace, followed by Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ. The most likely to falter and allow Romero to sneak back in is Happ, who has struggled with his control and effectiveness since 2010.


Marcus Stroman, Ricky Romero sent to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Blue Jays announced Wednesday they reassigned pitchers Ricky Romero and Marcus Stroman to minor-league camp. Both pitchers were in the running for a spot in the rotation.

Ricky Romero struggles with command Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero struggled with his command during Tuesday's spring game against a split-squad Detroit lineup. Romero walked a spring-high five batters -- matching his total from his three previous appearances (seven innings).

Romero, who made his first start this spring, was charged with three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. The Tigers got two runs on an Austin Jackson home run in the second inning and another run on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Romero's ERA jumped from 1.29 to 3.72. He didn't record a strikeout Tuesday and has six through 9 2/3 innings.


Ricky Romero pitches well in relief Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero, who is vying for a spot in the team's rotation, had another strong outing Wednesday against the Rays. Pitching in relief of Marcus Stroman, Romero allowed one run on two hits and two walks, while striking out three in four innings.

The only run Tampa Bay scored off Romero came on a Hak-Ju Lee single with two outs in the sixth inning. It was the first run all spring Romero has allowed. He has a 1.29 ERA in seven innings.


Ricky Romero hoping stem cell treatments lead to success


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/3/2014) Ricky Romero -- in competition for the fifth spot in the Blue Jays rotation -- had stem cell procedures in October, in hopes of fixing his ailing knees. According to the National Post, Romero had bone marrow extracted from the back of his pelvis and injected into his knees. 

Romero contends that it has been a slow process, although it seems to be working (albeit slowly). And while Romero struggled with control in an intrasquad game, his velocity has been fine.

From 2010 to 2011, Romero had a 3.31 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He fell apart in 2012, posting a 5.77 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, as the pain in his knees intensified. Last season, Romero appeared in four games, giving up nine earned runs over 7 1/3 innings. 


Ricky Romero can't find strike zone in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero struggled to find the strike zone in his first start of the spring Saturday against the Orioles, a sign he has not quite worked out his issues.

Romero pitched just one inning and needed 15 pitches to get out of it. He walked two straight batters to open the frame, but bounced back to retire the side on three straight pop ups. He threw 15 pitches in the frame, just five of which went for strikes.

Romero was a disaster last season, walking 71 batters in 128 innings between the majors and minors.


Ricky Romero 'moving in the right direction'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero threw two innings of batting practice Monday, and while he was erratic at first, he settled down as the session elapsed, MLB.com reports.

"I like the way he's throwing," manager John Gibbons said. "I think he's moving in the right direction. To me, he looks confident. He's feeling good about himself. He's not where he needs to be or where he wants to be yet, but he's going in the right direction."

Romero is looking to recapture his 2011 form, when he finished 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA in 32 starts.


Blue Jays outright Ricky Romero


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) The Blue Jays have outrighted pitcher Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo, MLB.com reports. Romero was awful in 7 1/3 innings with Toronto, as he posted an 11.05 ERA and a 2.59 WHIP.

Ricky Romero to be used out of bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero will be used out of the bullpen moving forward, according to MLB Network Radio. 

Romero may also be used as a spot-starter if the team needs someone in an emergency. Romero has started just two games in the majors this year. He has a 12.46 ERA. 


Ricky Romero likely to be removed from 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero will likely be removed from the team's 40-man roster during the offseason, according to Sportsnet.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed the news, saying "Very good chance he comes off of the roster in the off-season. I told him that ahead of time, just for the 40-man spot. He’ll come in next spring, he’ll come in and compete and hopefully he’ll start fresh and he can get it turned around."

The team owes Romero $7.5 million in 2014 and 2015, so it's unlikely he would be claimed. Romero has a 12.46 ERA in two starts.  


Blue Jays recall Ricky Romero, among others


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) The Toronto Blue Jays recalled four pitchers and a catcher on Monday night following a game in Arizona, the National Post reports.

The Blue Jays recalled starting pitcher Ricky Romero and Tommy John patients Kyle Drabek and Luis Perez. The team also sent for Triple-A Buffalo's Jeremy Jeffress and catcher Mike Nickeas.

Romero, who couldn't make the Blue Jays out of spring training, was called up for two starts in May and gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings. The former ace struggled at Triple-A as well, going 5-8 with a 5.78 ERA.

Drabek went 1-4 with a 3.14 ERA over three different minor league levels this season while recovering from Tommy John. He had 35 strikeouts over 43 innings.

Ricky Romero not ready to return to majors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero has found his footing at Triple-A Buffalo, but manager John Gibbons does not think he is a candidate to rejoin the rotation just yet.

"Ricky is moving in the right direction, but we want to give him a little more time doing it," Gibbons told MLB.com. "When he comes back you want him to be good and ready to stay."

Romero has a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 43 1/3 innings over his last seven starts. He has 32 strikeouts and 17 walks in that span, after walking 22 and striking out just nine in his first 25 1/3 innings at that level. 


Ricky Romero is on a decent run in the minors


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2013) Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero had a disastrous 2012 and an even more disheartening start to his 2013 campaign. But after ditching team-suggested mechanical changes in late May, Romero has been on a bit of a roll in the minors. 

Over his last eight starts, Romero has a 3.12 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. His strikeouts have been inconsistent (he has 21 in his last four starts, but they've ranged from three to seven in each game) and he's issued a few too many walks, but Romero at least looks close to getting back to pre-2012 form (3.31 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2010 and 2011). In his last four starts, Romero has a 3.00 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, with his walk rate seeing a significant drop.

Romero is still an AL-only gamble for a Fantasy team struggling with its starting pitching. But he has improved lately and the Blue Jays could definitely find a use for a vintage version of Romero in their tattered rotation.


Ricky Romero could be back before September


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero has walked more batters (34) than he has struck out (27) and has a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Buffalo, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday he's been encouraged by the left-hander's recent starts.

"From a consistency standpoint, you want to see him have the results he needs to have at that level, start after start," Anthopoulos said, per the National Post. "So I want to see him do it for awhile."

Though, Anthopoulos left the door open for Romero's recall before September.

"Sure, if he’s performs well and he’s doing great and we have a need up here," he said.


Is Ricky Romero worth a stash?


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2013) Hidden in his ugly 6.69 minor-league ERA this season is the very recent turnaround by Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero -- zero earned runs allowed in his last two starts and a 1.93 ERA over his last three. That three-game span is important because it's the point in the season when Romero decided to return to his old mechanics. 

Romero's 2012 fall from grace was befuddling -- he followed up two seasons of improvement and solid pitching with a 5.77 ERA and league-leading 105 walks. This season was a disaster from the beginning, with Romero struggling at even the lowest minor-league levels (although he did have offseason procedures on his elbow and both knees). But with a return to these old mechanics, Romero seems to have hit a stride.

There's no guarantee Romero's Monday night start for Buffalo will continue his recent run of success, but if it's another decent , owners in deeper (AL-only 12-team formats) might want to consider him for a stash. 


Ricky Romero throws second consecutive strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero has had two consecutive strong starts in the minors. 

Romero went seven scoreless innings Wednesday with three walks and six strikeouts. It was Romero's second straight start where he didn't allow a run, but walks continue to be an issue. Romero has onlyhad one start where he didn't allow a walk in the minors. Overall, he has a 6.69 ERA through nine starts in the minors. 


Ricky Romero clears waivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2013) The Blue Jays outrighted struggling pitcher Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo after he cleared waivers. Romero was already pitching for Buffalo and has a 13.85 ERA in 13 innings over four starts.

The move took Romero off the 40-man roster.  


Ricky Romero can't make it out of opening frame


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero took another step back in his start for Triple-A Buffalo Monday night.

Romero failed to make it out of the opening frame. He gave up eight runs on five hits and three walks while recording just two outs. He has a 13.85 ERA in four starts at Triple-A.

Ricky Romero command struggles continue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2013) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero continued to have command problems in his second start Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo. Romero, who walked five in his Buffalo debut, walked six batters in 3 2/3 innings Thursday.

He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out one. Romero has a 9.82 ERA through two starts. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in his first start Saturday.


Ricky Romero awful in first start since demotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero, who was optioned to the minors after two poor starts, didn't fare much better in his season debut for Triple-A Buffalo Saturday. Romero allowed six runs on 10 hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings, without recording a strikeout.

Pitching coach Pete Walker, however, chalks up the bad outing to a quick turnaround for the left-handed hurler.

"I think any time anybody has [gone] from the big leagues to the minor leagues, it's always a letdown," Walker said, per MLB.com. "Those Triple-A hitters can swing the bat. I mean, there's a lot of good players down there, and I'm sure most major leaguers can attest to that. You think you can just go out there and do what you need to do, but they swing the bat, and they can put you in some tough situations."

Romero continues to work on his altered delivery, which no longer includes bringing both hands above his head during the windup. 

"He's moved his foot in line to home plate about 12 to 14 inches over," Walker said. "It's an adjustment, but it's not like we're changing arm slot and changing major things. It's an undertaking, though, don't get me wrong. I still think it takes a lot of work and time. But I think, you know, he's made a commitment to it, and I think still in the long run, it's better for him. It's just a matter of him getting results."


Ricky Romero optioned after 2 poor starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) The Blue Jays optioned starting pitcher Ricky Romero to Triple-A Buffalo Thursday. It comes less than 24 hours after Romero couldn't get out of the first inning of Wednesday's start at Tampa Bay.

Romero is 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA in two starts since replacing Josh Johnson in the rotation. No immediate plans have been announced for Romero's replacement in the rotation.


Ricky Romero can't get out of first


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero entered Wednesday's outing at Tampa Bay coming off leaving a start against the Mariners early due to a forearm issue. He had an even shorter evening against the Rays, though it wasn't due to injury.

Romero, making just his second start since being recalled from the minors, only managed to retire one batter in his performance Wednesday. Given a 2-0 lead when Edwin Encarnacion homered in the top of the first, Romero gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks and was removed after recording just one out. Things could have been worse, but reliever Edgar Gonzalez managed to work out of the bases-loaded jam he inherited.

Romero needed 29 pitches to retire one batter and he was far too hittable as 16 went for strikes. After two outings, Romero is 0-2 and has thrown 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs for an ERA of 12.46. If Toronto chooses to give him another start, it would come Tuesday against San Francisco.