Manager John Farrell has repeatedly made it clear that the Blue Jays won’t shut down Ricky Romero despite his going 0-12 with a 7.98 ERA in his last 13 starts, but they will skip his next turn in the rotation.
Romero was scheduled to start Saturday against the Red Sox, but instead he’ll skip that outing and next take the mound Wednesday versus the Mariners.
Farrell told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s hoping nine days between starts will be good for Romero based on his previous starts on extra rest, although it’s worth noting that for his career his ERA is 4.58 ERA in 16 starts on six-plus days of rest and that includes a 7.52 ERA this year.
Romero called it “a little disappointing” because “the last thing I want to do is sit here in the dugout and just think about stuff.”
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.
Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.
While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.