Josh Johnson lands on DL with triceps injury; Romero called up
Though he was once one of the more dominant pitchers in the game, Johnson has struggled mightily this season. From 2009-11, he posted a 2.64 ERA with a record of 29-12. This season, Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA through four starts. A stint on the DL may be the best thing for Johnson and the Blue Jays at this point.
Aaron Laffey got the spot start when Johnson was scratched last Friday, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up two runs. Laffey was then designated for assignment and has since been signed by the Dodgers. Therefore, the Blue Jays were forced to look for other options.
They called up left-hander Ricky Romero, who has pitched one High-A game this season in which he went seven innings and gave up one run. Romero had a phenomenal 2011 campaign, racking up 15 wins to go along with a 2.92 ERA. After his All-Star season, however, he was horrible, finishing with a 5.77 ERA. He made the same amount of starts as he did the year before, but logged 44.0 less innings and led the majors in walks.
Romero will take this opportunity to prove that he still has some of the ability he showed in 2011, and could potentially stick around in a Blue Jays rotation that has one pitcher with a sub-4.50 ERA. However, we very well may see Romero dumped back down to the minors if he can't eliminate the control issues that derailed his 2012 season.