Former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Ricky Romero has latched on with the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican Baseball League in an attempt to prolong his playing career.
The native of East Los Angeles has not pitched in the major leagues since 2013 where he made 4 appearances with the Jays. Romero was an All-Star in 2011 going 15-11 with a 2.92 earned run average, while whiffing 178 in 225 innings of work.
Romero would suffer a string of injuries and a loss of confidence never living up to his former self. The 32-year-old spent the last 3 seasons in the San Francisco Giants minor league system before being released earlier this year after allowing 11 runs in 14.2 innings of work with Triple-A Fresno.
The Toros currently own a 32-18 and sit in second place 4.5 games back of the division-leading Sultanes de Monterrey.
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Jo-Jo Reyes is currently 2-1 with a 0.63 earned run average 16 appearances out of the Toros bullpen this season while former major leaguer Corey Brown leads the team with 13 round trippers followed with Alex Liddi with 12 of his own.
No terms of the agreement or when Romero is slated to see action have been announced. The Mexican League is considered to be similar in caliber to Triple-A level ball so perhaps Romero can catch lightning in a bottle and regain his lost form of years past. There was a time in the not so distant past that Romero was considered the ace of the Blue Jays’ staff, so if he can ever get healthy, he may be able to carve a new role for himself down the line. Stranger things have happened in baseball.
Regardless on how the Toros adventure plays out for the former Blue Jays All-Star, we at Jays Journal wish him nothing but good luck moving forward.