Saturday, June 27, 2009

Romero flirts with no-no; shuts down Phillies

Ricky Romero continues to impress every time he toes the rubber, and tonight against the Phillies, it was no exception. The 24 year old rookie put together his most impressive outing of his career, carrying a no hitter into the 7th inning. Romero was majestic through broke up the no-hit bid with a single. The Rogers Centre faithful leap to their feet for a rousing ovation for Romero's attempt at setting history. Romero sliced up the Phillies lineup, winding up allowing just 2 hits in 7 shutout innings.

Since coming off the disabled list in late May and having a pair of rough outings, Romero has gone 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his five starts in June. Before landing on the DL with an oblique injury, Romero looked dynamite, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.71 ERA in 3 starts. In all, his rookie season has been superb, fashioning a 5-3 record with a 3.20 ERA in 10 starts. The 2005 6th overall draft selection has been featuring his sharp breaking ball in recent contests, and against the Phillies Friday, his outstanding changeup.

Take that Romero bashers. He's not looking like such a colossal bust now is he?

Barajas to DL; Phillips recalled

Updating a previous report, Rod Barajas is indeed heading to the disabled list with a hamstring injury. This will be a big loss for a Blue Jays club already decimated by injuries.

In a somewhat surprising move, the Jays have called up 25 year old catcher Kyle Phillips from AAA Las Vegas. If the last name rings a bell in Toronto, it should. Phillips is the younger brother of LEGENDARY former Toronto catcher Jason Phillips. Legendary at being awful. The younger Phillips hit .338 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 39 games so far this season with the 51's.

Phillips is a former 10 round selection by the Minnesota Twins in the 2002 amateur draft. The Jays signed him as a minor league free agent in March of 2007. He hit
.306, with 8 HR and 34 RBI last season with the class AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats.