Blue Jays' Ricky Romero straightening out delivery

Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero is working with pitching coach Pete Walker to correct a...

Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero is working with pitching coach Pete Walker to correct a recurring flaw in his mechanics that will give him a more natural, free-and-easy delivery. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - The Blue Jays are either clutching at straws or are on to something.

They hope its the latter.

This spring, Ricky Romero has struggled each and every time out and through seven spring starts he has a 7.27 ERA and has allowed 11 hits and walked seven through 8.2 innings.

In his sides of late, though, the Jays have worked on Romeros mechanics and are attempting to straighten out a problem that has surfaced in the past throwing across his body. It occurs when he lands a bit to the right with his lead right foot, which results in improper mechanics.

Romeros next start is Thursday but instead of pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, he will throw in a minor-league game right here.

He and Pete Walker (the Jays pitching coach) have been working on a couple of mechanical changes, his delivery, get him straighter to home plate, manager John Gibbons said Tuesday morning. Hell be working on that.

So what exactly is Walker trying to do?

A lot of times he throws across his body, Gibbons said. Were trying to iron it out so its more of a straight shot to home plate. Sometimes the guys that throw across their body, they have trouble commanding the ball. They scatter it a little bit and leave it (the ball) arm side (for Romero, that would mean missing on the left or outside portion of the plate to a right-handed hitter). This way it will get him a more natural, free-and-easy delivery.


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