Romano (forearm) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning during Saturday's win over the Red Sox. Romano was deemed unavailable for Friday's game with forearm tightness, but the issue appears to have been very minor. Though he didn't pick up a save Saturday, Romano figures to continue to get plenty of opportunities in the closer role going forward. On the season, the right-hander has compiled a tidy 1.66 ERA and 1.06 WHIP to go along with a 28:12 K:BB across 21.2 innings.
Romano was not available Friday against the Red Sox due to right forearm tightness, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports. Toronto's bullpen is a bit of a mess right now, as several top options are injured and Tyler Chatwood melted down in Friday's game. Romano should be considered day-to-day for now, but given the nature of his injury, he could end up missing significant time. Rafael Dolis or Anthony Castro could be used in save situations until Romano is available.
Romano earned the save Sunday against Cleveland after tossing a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Romano entered the game with a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and closed things out despite the fact that he allowed a one-out single to Josh Naylor. The right-hander has gone 3-for-4 in save chances this season and has also tossed six straight scoreless appearances, posting a 10:1 K:BB during that stretch (6.0 innings).
Romano pitched a perfect seventh inning Thursday while striking out one to record the save in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees. Romano picked up the Blue Jays first save in nearly two weeks. He got the call over Rafael Dolis, who blew a save and took the loss on May 20 against Boston. After Thursday's outing, Romano has fired five scoreless innings on only one hit and one walk while striking out nine in his last five appearances. He has a 2.04 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP with 24 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.
Romano allowed a hit and walked a batter but also recorded a strikeout en route to his first save of 2021 in a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Tuesday. Romano punched out Ozzie Albies to begin the ninth but eventually found himself in some danger with runners on first and second before getting Ehire Adrianza to fly out to end the game. The 28-year-old was roughed up in his initial outing from the injured list on April 24 but has since settled in nicely with a pair of wins, a hold and now a save while giving up just one run and generating a 5:1 K:BB over his last six innings. He's set to be the Blue Jays' primary closer once again with both Rafael Dolis (calf) and Julian Merryweather (oblique) on the injured list.
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