Just as Travis Bergen — the other pitcher plucked out of the Rule 5 Draft from the Blue Jays system — is returned to Toronto, Jordan Romano is coming back to the big leagues after an injury stint.
Jordan Romano will join the Bluejays here tonight. Ken Giles departs on paternity leave.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 22, 2019
Romano, 26, will be joining the Blue Jays in Los Angeles tonight, as they try to prevent the sweep against the Dodgers.
The Canadian reliever was a 10th-round pick by the Blue Jays back in 2014 and has steadily risen throughout their system until being selected by the Texas Rangers last December. He never appeared for his new club, but has since been able to keep a steady diet of strikeouts, whether it be with the Triple-A Bisons or the Blue Jays.
He has pitched a total of 37 and 2/3 innings for the Bisons, where he has been able to strike-out 53 batters and walk 14, while keeping a 5.73 ERA. Not the best run prevention ever, but some juicy totals when it comes to punching hitters out.
In his short 5 and 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays, it’s more of the same. He’s been able to strikeout 11 major-league hitters in that short period of time, but has a 5.06 ERA.
Romano suffered an oblique injury while with the Bisons back in early-July, keeping him on the 7-day IL. But as he’s worked his way back up after a couple rehab assignments, he’s now back in the majors and ready to gather up a couple more strikeouts before the season is completed.
If he’s able to do that and keep the earned runs down a little bit, he might keep his spot on the 40-man roster and especially in the big leagues. The Blue Jays have an upcoming roster predicament with pitchers like Anthony Kay, Thomas Hatch, and T.J. Zeuch needing 40-man spots, but the way Romano has been able to miss bats this season, he should be in the consideration for the 2020 bullpen.