Dunedin, FL (Sports Network) - Ricky Romero has been on the mound for the
Toronto Blue Jays' last two season openers. This year, he won't even be on the
team's initial roster.
The Blue Jays optioned the slumping left-hander to Class A Dunedin following
Tuesday's spring training game in an effort to allow Romero to work out his
lingering control issues.
Romero won a combined 42 games over his first three major league seasons, but
slipped to a 9-14 record and a career-worst 5.77 earned run average while
walking an American League-high 105 batters last year. The former first-round
pick's command problems lingered into this spring, as he issued 10 free passes
and posted a troubling 6.23 ERA in just 13 innings pitched.
The 28-year-old labored through another outing on Tuesday, walking three over
4 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh.
The move locks J.A. Happ into Toronto's fifth starter's role heading into the
upcoming regular season.
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