Monday, June 1, 2009

Romero struggling since return from DL

What a disappointing return from the disabled list for Ricky Romero. After looking so good in his first three career big league starts, where he silenced his critics that labeled him a bust, he has struggled mightily since coming back for his oblique injury.

Prior to going on the shelf, Romero was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.71. In his two starts since returning to the starting five, he is 0-2, surrendering 10 runs on 19 hits, including a whopping five homers in just 9.1 innings of work against Baltimore and Boston. Romero has struggled with his command, too often falling behind in counts and has subsequently been susceptible to the long ball.

I would expect the club will allow him to have one more start to work through his mechanics. Should he falter, a trip to AAA Las Vegas likely would be in the offing, with David Purcey, Brett Cecil, Brad Mills or Fabio Castro candidates to replace him in the rotation. Romero must prove his sensational start was not an aberration, rather that his two poor outings were instead.

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