Ricky Romero showing return to form for Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero throws against the Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Auto Exchange...

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero throws against the Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Auto Exchange Park in Dunedin, Fla., March 12, 2014. (KIM KLEMENT/USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

Ricky Romero.

Really?

Yup, the left-hander is making his slow climb out of hell and showing encouraging signs on the mound.

It’s still way too early in the game to say that Romero is out of the woods and is back as a candidate for a spot in the rotation. But a return to the form he showed in both 2010 and 2011 would be a miracle of sorts and a godsend to the Jays.

“I tell you he looked good, he’s moving in the right direction, back-to-back quality starts,” manager John Gibbons enthused. “Keep it rolling, see how it goes.”

Originally scheduled to pitch three innings, Gibbons sent Romero back out for an extra inning, the eighth.

“The first three innings he threw very few pitches and he was feeling good, strong,” Gibbons said. “Just trying to stretch him out and see where it takes us.”

Does Romero’s recent success, two solid outings, move him up to where he gets a start?


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