He could be Roy Halladay. He could be Dontrelle Willis. His organization, his teammates and his family will do all they can to support him. But Ricky Romero's future is in the hands of Ricky Romero.
The Toronto Blue Jays sent Romero to Class A Dunedin Tuesday, which was both utterly shocking and not surprising at all; shocking because Romero made the All-Star team in 2011, not surprising in light of his 5.77 ERA last year and continued control problems this spring.
Romero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery during the offseason, so the Blue Jays probably could have placed him on the disabled list under the guise that Romero's issues are physical in nature. They didn't. And they deserve credit for that. To send Romero all the way to the Florida State League is to suggest he is mired in mechanical/mental limbo -- the place that demands a holistic, painstaking escape plan.
It can be done.
Halladay, like Romero, was a first-round pick who achieved early success in the major leagues...