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Hard-luck Romero likely headed to the disabled list

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Since helping the Phillies win a World Series in 2008, J.C. Romero has dealt with one blow after another.

He was suspended for 50 games to begin the 2009 season, for a failed drug test after taking a substance that he didn't know was against major league baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy. He battled elbow problems in the last half of '09 and the first half of 2010.

Two weeks into the 2011 season, Romero has found his latest hurdle he'll have to climb over. The veteran reliever was removed from Monday's 6-3 loss to the Brewers in the ninth inning with a right calf injury.

He said it was "probably" severe enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list.

"Hopefully, it's just 15 days or so," Romero said. "But I won't know until (Tuesday)."

Romero will have an MRI on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old left-hander began last season on the DL while recovering from elbow surgery. He also left his last appearance of the 2010 season with soreness in the left side of his lower back.

"It's just one of those things," said the snake-bitten Romero.

One of two left-handers in the Phillies' bullpen along with Antonio Bastardo, Romero had allowed two runs on four hits in six outings prior to Monday. He recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning before getting hurt attempting to field a ground ball in front of the mound.

"When I tried to catch that groundball, I tried to push off on that leg and when I took a step I knew something was wrong," Romero said. "I know it's going to take at least a week until everything gets back to normal, and after that I'll do what I have to do. I'll have to stay sharp with my arm throughout the week. Tomorrow we'll know what we're going to do with it."

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