The Blue Jays’ shuffle continues.
The Jays are in crisis mode following the frightening injury to left-hander J.A. Happ and poor performance of lefty Ricky Romero the past two nights.
On Thursday morning, they optioned Romero to Triple A Buffalo and designated right-hander Edgar Gonzalez for assignment, replacing them with Triple A righties Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey.
Happ and Romero lasted a combined 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday and Wednesday, making it critical that right-hander R.A. Dickey pitches deep into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Jays need a starter for Sunday, which would be Happ’s next turn. Ortiz, who has started at Triple A, could fill that void. Off days on Monday and Thursday could enable the Jays to further rework their rotation.
It was difficult to imagine Romero making another start after he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in two outings after returning from Class A Dunedin, where he began the season with the goal of reworking his mechanics.
The Jays believed that Romero was throwing the ball well after spending a month in the minors. But any improvements that he made did not translate to major-league success.