DUNEDIN, Fla. — The fickle finger of fate has knocked Ricky Romero out of his next scheduled start, which would have been Thursday against the Phillies.
In his previous start, a ratty outing against the Pirates, Romero was bothered slightly by what was thought to be the start of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.
Romero, who was tabbed to be the Jays opening day starter for April 1 against the Twins in Toronto, continued to throw in that game but Tuesday it was decided that he would be held back from his start on St. Patrick’s Day strictly as a precautionary measure. His next scheduled start will be March 22 against the Phillies with his final spring outing set for March 27 against Baltimore.
“Ricky came out the other day and felt a little bit of discomfort in that middle finger,” manager John Farrell said. “We made the trip to the mound, made sure there was no blister but it’s something he’s dealt with from time to time, a little bit of discomfort in that middle finger.
“As a precautionary move we had him checked out yesterday by a hand specialist. There’s some minor inflammation in there that’s causing that little bit of discomfort so we’ll skip his next start. He’ll still get two more starts in camp. It will get him to 90 pitches which is the goal of every starter. So nothing has changed in terms of the regular season.”
Taking Romero’s place on Thursday will be Jo-Jo Reyes, a lefty who if he doesn’t make the rotation, should be on the team as a member of the bullpen, given that the Jays like his arm and the 26-year-old is out of options.