Ricky Romero is in the best shape of his life

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I’ll stop writing stuff like that when dudes stop writing stuff like this:

Halladay’s departure leaves Romero, who went 13-9 as a rookie, as
the most experienced healthy starting pitcher on the roster, and the
25-year-old is tackling the new challenge the way Halladay would.

By training like a maniac.

In
addition to his throwing sessions, Romero worked out at Athletes’
Performance in suburban Carson, Calif., putting in two-hour sessions
four days a week, and fine-tuning for the grind that begins with spring
training in two weeks.

“I feel I’m ready to tackle a 200-plus inning season,” said Romero, who logged 178 innings last year.

Maybe I don’t understand the journalism biz, but if I was an editor and my beat guy brought me a “Professional Athlete trains hard before the season” story I’d be tempted to spike that in the name of all dog-bites-man stories that have ever been spiked.

“Bring me a story about some outfielder who developed a Cheetos addiction over the winter,” I’d yell as I chomped on my cigar, J. Jonah Jameson-style,  “and if he doesn’t want to be famous, I’ll make him infamous!”

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: