DUNEDIN, Fla. — Ricky Romero felt a lot better than the results.
Having missed his last start due to inflammation in the middle finger of his left hand, Romero gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez in the first inning and four runs on six hits over four innings Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“My arm felt great, probably the best it’s felt all spring,” said a puzzled Romero. “The arm felt great and the finger felt great. I just made that one bad pitch (to Ibanez).
Part of his problem was that he felt too strong.
“I think I was,” he said. “My arm hadn’t been feeling great and we’ve been getting after it in the training room. I felt strong and that’s the most important thing.”
Romero, who will be the Jays Opening Day starter, was also pleased with the crispness of his pitches.
“I thought it was good. If anything my fastball command was a little off,” he said. “I threw some good curveballs and some good changeups and some good cutters in on the hands.
“It’s crazy how this game works. You feel good and you don’t get the results.”
Romero has one more start — Sunday against Baltimore — before the season opener.