Toronto Blue Jays Call Up Ricky Romero to Start Friday: What to Expect

Stephen Brown@@the__ste (Double Underscore)Correspondent IIMay 2, 2013

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Ricky Romero #24 of  the Toronto Blue Jays starts against the Minnesota Twins February 26, 2013 at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have decided that it was time to get Ricky Romero back in the majors after only one game with High-A Dunedin, according to Brendan Kennedy of The Toronto Star. Ricky Romero is slated to start in place of Josh Johnson, who was recently placed on the DL with tricep inflammation.

Have all of these changes to Romero's delivery been miraculously fixed in less than one month? It only took one start at Dunedin (where Ricky did not walk a single batter in seven innings) for the Blue Jays to bring him all the way back?

Ricky Romero pitched on Saturday for Dunedin and gave up one run on five hits through seven innings. He did only strike out two batters, but that isn't as important as maintaining and sticking to the changes he has made with his delivery.

Is Romero back and ready to regain his all-star form, or do the Blue Jays just need someone to pitch? I wouldn't think that the Blue Jays would bring back Ricky unless they were confident that he has fixed his issues, so logically, he should be ready to pitch well.

Let us think about this decision in a different way for a second. The Blue Jays needed someone to start on Friday and there isn't an heir apparent minor leaguer to do so, (Aaron Laffey is also gone after refusing to be sent down). So logically, Ricky is the right choice.

But would they bring in Ricky if they didn't think he was ready? Perhaps this was a chance to boost the whole Blue Jay team as they see their teammate rejoin the club and reignite #teamunit. God knows the Blue Jays need some sort of spark, and perhaps Ricky can be just that—a change that can get the team going in the right direction.

He'll have a good turn, pitching at home to the Seattle Mariners, who are ranked in the bottom five in the AL in team average (that being said, the Jays are dead last in the MLB in that category). Then again, he is going up against King Felix. Believe it or not, I think that is good for Ricky because he knows he will have to be great against one of the best pitchers in the league and he loves the competition.

Should be entertaining.


6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K and a win.


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