Romero Working His Way Back

Ricky Romero, the first round pick of the Jays in the 2005 Draft, has yet to appear on the mound. Romero suffered the injury late in spring training, an indication of why his numbers were not great. What exactly is wrong with Romero? When is he expected to throw again? When is he expected to appear in his first game? InsideTheDome answers all your Ricky Romero injury questions.

Romero made two appearances with the Blue Jays during spring training and allowed seven hits, six runs, although only three were earned. The left-hander allowed two home runs over his two appearances.

Romero is currently on the Dunedin Blue Jays roster, but is not pitching because of a tricep problem. Romero suffered the injury towards the end of spring training and was immediately shut down. Romero is currently back and is following a throwing program.

"Romero is on a throwing program and he feels great," said Dick Scott, the Blue Jays Director of Player Development.

The goal for Romero now is to build up his pitch count and be able to start in a game for Dunedin. It's expected that Romero will be held to a pitch count of 45-60 for his first start.

When will Romero be making his first start?

"The goal now is for Romero to start by the end of April, possibly before," Scott told InsideTheDome on Wednesday.

Romero made one appearance with the Auburn Doubledays after being drafted, before he moved up to the Florida State League. The 21-year-old made eight starts and went 1-0 with a 3.82 ERA in 30.2 innings.

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