Ricky Romero aiming to contribute to the Blue Jays in 2015

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In June, Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero had surgery on his right knee as a result of quadriceps tendon inflammation, cutting short his season with Triple-A Buffalo.  He is expected to be ready by spring training, where he’ll hope to open some eyes once again.

Romero, 30, last pitched a full season in 2012, when he posted a 5.77 ERA and a 124/105 K/BB ratio in 181 innings. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm writes that, although it’s unlikely the Jays would consider Romero for a rotation spot this spring, he could perform well enough to merit consideration as rotation depth with Buffalo. Of course, Romero would have to show that he has made improvements on the mechanical problems which led to his leading the league in walks in 2012.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.