Jays need to bench Johnson before he becomes another Romero

Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons talks to pitcher Josh Johnson during a game against the Los Angeles...

Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons talks to pitcher Josh Johnson during a game against the Los Angeles Angels August 1, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

For both team and player, the Blue Jays must remove Josh Johnson from the starting rotation, and maybe the active roster, before they have another Ricky Romero — if they don’t already.

Last season, they were both stuck and stubborn. They left Romero out there too long, well after his expiration date when it was clear he had lost his way because they said they didn’t have any choice. And because they believed, with little physically wrong with him, he would straighten out.

It never happened. And it still hasn’t happened for Romero, who has a 5.67 earned run average in 17 starts with the Buffalo Bisons.

This is no longer about this season for Johnson. His season is done. His future is dubious. The more he exposes himself to baseball, the less opportunity he will have as a pending free agent.

The Jays have no personal obligation to a pitcher likely to be gone at the end of October, but they do have an obligation to fans to put the best team on the field.


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