Blue Jays' Ricky Romero wants to prove doubters wrong

Ricky Romero's spring-training struggles cost him his spot in the Jays' rotation. (Craig...

Ricky Romero's spring-training struggles cost him his spot in the Jays' rotation. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

“I don’t belong here, to be honest with you.”

It was one of many statements uttered Thursday morning by a still-jolted Ricky Romero, the Jays’ demoted starter, at their minor-league complex.

The big-league team was at the main stadium packing up the rest of their belongings before a final Florida game against the Phillies at Bright House Field. Afterward, the Jays jetted off for Philadelphia and their final two pre-season games Friday and Saturday.

Romero? He’s stuck in Dunedin with the class-A Blue Jays. When he returns is anybody’s guess.

On Tuesday following his outing against the Pirates, Romero believed he had made a step in the right direction, that things were starting to turn around.

He was wrong.

Two hours later, he was told he was not going to head north with the team and that he would remain in Florida with the Dunedin Jays.

A shock? Blindsided? You bet.


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