Found May 10, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
Ricky Romero has struggled since 2012 when he went 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) On Thursday morning, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned starting pitcher Ricky Romero down to Triple-A Buffalo in a move that wasn’t surprising to anyone. A day after allowing three earned runs in only 1/3rd of an inning against Tampa Bay, it was clear that Romero clearly isn’t pitching at a big league level at the present moment. “He’s kind of struggling a little” said Bisons pitching coach Bob Stanley. A former All-Star in 2011, the southpaw has shown in the past that he can compete and do very well at baseball’s highest level but something has disappeared. “A lot of times it’s a lot of mental [things] you know and confidence” said Stanley “he needs to get his confidence back.” Whether it’s his confidence, mechanics, or ability, Romero clearly isn’t half of what he used to be. “You can only try so much” said Stanley “maybe I can say something that makes it click.” After going 15-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011, the Blue Jays stud fell off the map in 2012, going 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA. “Last year, he had a tough year. A lot of times pitchers battle to try and get better and sometimes they don’t believe in themselves” said Stanley “It’s just something we try to talk it through and get him back on track.” Coming out of Spring Training this year, Romero didn’t make Toronto’s roster, instead starting the year in Single A+ Dunedin. After starting only one game in the Florida State League, Romero was called up to Toronto to replace Josh Johnson on the pitching staff after Johnson was put on the DL. Unfortunately, the move didn’t work out for either side. In two starts with the Blue Jays this season, Romero has gone 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA, lasting a total of only 4.1 innings. “It’s hard going out there knowing if you don’t do good, you’re going to get booed” said Stanley “I did that a lot in Boston so I know his feelings.” Something is clearly off with Romero and it needs to be fixed. There’s no better option for Toronto than to send him to Buffalo. The Bisons are the Blue Jays top affiliate and are off to a hot 20-12 start. The one thing the Herd has been lacking to this point of the season has been quality starting pitching. Romero can fill that gap while bringing some star power to Buffalo. While not a massive name, Romero is well enough known to the point where he can bring some excitement to the Bisons. His starts will be better draws as many fans will be interested in his path back to the big leagues. Romero still has the ability. A key for a successful comeback will be what the Bisons coaching staff can do to help him turn it around. “He does have good stuff” said Stanley “we’ll see what we can do.” Romero will have the opportunity to gain some confidence back while pitching one step below the big leagues. He’ll be close enough to Toronto to the point where he knows how close he is to getting back while still realizing how much more work he has left to do. “It’s going to be a battle for him” said Stanley “I have all of the confidence in him” Toronto hopes Romero can return to form in Buffalo after getting off to an awful start to 2013. The Blue Jays need better pitching and Romero could fill that need if he can find his old self. “The club really needs him” said Stanley “He needs it for himself too.” The post Romero Joining Bisons Could Benefit Both appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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