Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero pitched well for three innings versus Seattle, then everything fell apart. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)
Dane Johnson wanted to make it clear that he was not in town to be Ricky Romero’s babysitter.
The Blue Jays’ roving minor league pitching instructor, who has worked tirelessly with Romero each and every day for the past six weeks in an effort to smooth out the left-hander’s delivery, said he simply asked to be on hand for the launch of Romero 2.0.
When last seen in the final week of spring training, Romero had shattered confidence and no idea at all of where his pitches were going.
But due to a triceps injury to Josh Johnson that required a trip to the disabled list, the call went to Romero — and Johnson didn’t want to miss the debut.
“I requested to be up here and Alex (Anthopoulos) was gracious enough to let me come up here,” Johnson said in the dugout before Friday’s game against Seattle game. “I want to be here with him and watch him but by no means am I holding his hand.