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Blue Jays: Closer Jordan Romano named to the All-Star Game

TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Jordan Romano #68 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Rogers Centre on July 12, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Jordan Romano #68 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Rogers Centre on July 12, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays have another player heading to Los Angeles tonight, as closer Jordan Romano has been named to the AL All-Star squad as a replacement player with both Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander being named inactive for the contest taking place on Tuesday.

Romano joins Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk, Alek Manoah, and Santiago Espinal in heading to the Midsummer Classic. George Springer was also named to the All-Star squad but has opted out of the game to rest and recover from a nagging elbow injury.

A former 10th-round pick of the Jays back in 2014, Romano made his MLB debut in 2019 and the club almost lost him via the Rule 5 Draft the offseason prior but he did not break camp with the Texas Rangers and was returned to the Blue Jays that season.

Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano was named as a replacement player for the All-Star Game set to take place on July 19th in Los Angeles.

The Markham, Ontario product took over the closer role last year and has been fantastic this campaign, tied for the AL lead in saves at 19 while owning a 2.73 ERA through 34 outings and 33.0 innings. While he did allow two runs last night before the Jays rallied in the tenth, Romano saw a lot of action early in the season with how many close games the club produced through April and May. This season, Romano owns a 10.1 K/9 and a 1.212 WHIP while being one of the stalwarts of the Blue Jays bullpen with his plus fastball and slider.

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While Romano is not guaranteed any innings at the All-Star Game, he will be down in Los Angeles with the rest of the Blue Jays contingent for his first All-Star appearance.

I wonder if they will have a light show for the right-hander down at Dodgers Stadium?

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