Released by the Blue Jays two weeks ago, left-hander Ricky Romero is “making progress” on a deal to sign with the Giants according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto Sportsnet.
Romero was a 26-year-old All-Star in 2011 and the Blue Jays signed him to a $30 million long-term deal, but then he ceased being able to throw the ball over the plate. Since that All-Star season Romero has a 5.97 ERA with 113 walks in 188 innings, and his control got so bad that he spent most of 2013 and all of 2014 struggling in the minors.
Romero is still just 30 years old and the Blue Jays are on the hook for his entire contract, making it a no-risk flier for the Giants, but last season at Triple-A he had 42 walks in 38 innings. He serves as an example of how not every pre-arbitration contract extension for a young star player works out well for the team.
Tigers ace David Price exited Friday night’s start in the seventh inning after stepping on a bat while backing up home plate, but an MRI exam revealed good news: Price has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the Tigers will wait until early next week to determine when his next start will be, depending on how quickly he recovers over the weekend.
For now, though, he’s avoided the disabled list and it certainly sounds like the Tigers don’t expect him to miss more than one start, if that.
Hanley Ramirez has avoided the disabled list, returning to the Red Sox’s lineup today after sitting out three games with a shoulder injury.
Ramirez is starting in left field and batting fourth versus the Blue Jays, looking to pick up where he left off by hitting .283 with 10 homers and a .949 OPS through 25 games.
Ramirez banged his left shoulder against a wall at Fenway Park on Monday and is still experiencing some pain, but apparently everyone has decided he’s fine playing through it.