Romero did admit that he pitched with pain throughout the season thus leading to an MRI at the end of the year. Doesn’t this make you wonder that things were worse than what people led on?
If your elbow is hurting that much that it requires surgery, maybe this should have been something that was dealt with months ago.
People all year were questioning what was wrong with Romero? He was supposedly the Ace of the staff, signed a long-term deal and was ready for the spotlight. Instead he had the worst year of his career after having his best. He led the league in walks (105), tied for 5th in losses with 14 and had an ERA of 5.77.
With all the information we have at our fingertips, and statistical data available, the injury and results really aren’t surprising. Coaches and managers have their instincts as do players and fans. Obviously something was wrong with Romero this year—confidence, mechanics, injury?
With the rash of injuries that the Toronto Blue Jays were dealt would it have hurt to check him out as a precaution? It’s not a blow to his confidence right? These players are investments and ownership has the right to protect it.
This makes you think of Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. He concealed a shoulder injury and had to be taken out of a playoff game because of it. Hindsight is 20/20 but there is no doubt his loss was a big blow to Cardinals and their playoff run this year. And his teammates were obviously miffed including GM John Mozeliak as stated in USA Today;
GM John Mozeliak said it was "frustrating" to learn of Garcia's injury after he pitched in the game.
All athletes are “gamers” and want to perform at the best of their ability. Yet, there are times when necessary to pull back the reigns and step aside. Of course it’s tough and we would all attempt to play through the pain, but in the grand scheme of things, playing it safe isn’t necessarily the wrong thing to do.
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