Blue Jays' Ricky Romero hopes to end season on positive note

The Blue Jays recalled former ace Ricky Romero. (REUTERS)

The Blue Jays recalled former ace Ricky Romero. (REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 PM ET

PHOENIX - A season that went haywire for Ricky Romero right from the start will at least finish in the company of sympathetic Blue Jays teammates who have endured their own soul-crushing trauma.

With all those personal and communal expectations dashed, the Jays find themselves playing out the string while Romero will spend the month of September trying to retrieve the thread of his career.

“I just want to go out and compete, get some outs and end the season on a good note,” said Romero, who arrived Tuesday along with four other September call-ups. “That’s the biggest thing: To take advantage of this opportunity. It’s been a long year but I’m glad I’m here, surrounded by these guys.”

After the trainwreck that was his 2012 season, Romero arrived at spring training pencilled in as the fifth starter on the shiny new, rebuilt starting rotation that Alex Anthopoulos had put together for the 2013 season.

That plan came unravelled even before the end of spring training. In 13 innings over five spring starts, Romero was tattooed for a .353 average by opposing hitters, resulting in an ERA over 6.00. That earned him a ticket to Buffalo. He was back in Toronto briefly for back-to-back starts early in May. He lasted four innings in his first outing and one-third of an inning in his second before being buried in Buffalo the rest of the season.


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