Blue Jays place Brandon Morrow on DL, outright Ricky Romero
The struggling Blue Jays have been forced to make some changes to their rotation and their 40-man roster.
The terminally struggling Blue Jays announced a pair of significant roster moves on Saturday.
First, the Jays have placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day DL because of forearm inflammation. The 28-year-old Morrow has pitched to a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts this season. Coming off a strong 2012 season (144 ERA+, 1.12 WHIP in 124 2/3 innings) hopes had been high for Morrow. In 2011, Morrow missed roughly a month with a similar condition.
As CBSSports.com's Scott Miller recently reported, Josh Johnson is close to rejoining the Toronto rotation. The Jays, however, will remain shorthanded in the rotation.
On that front, don't expect help from Ricky Romero any time soon. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler passed along word that Romero has been outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. The struggling Romero was already on the roster for Buffalo, but this procedural move removes him from the 40-man roster.
This season, Romero is lugging around a 12.46 ERA in two starts for Toronto and a 9.45 ERA across 20 minor-league innings. Just two seasons ago, Romero finished 10th in the AL Cy Young balloting.