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Blue Jays call up Jordan Romano, Ken Giles placed on injured list

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Blue Jays add Markham pitcher to 40-man roster, transfer Clay Buchholz to 60-day IL

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Markham, Ontario’s Jordan Romano has selected by the Blue Jays as closer Ken Giles was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. To make room for Romano on the 40-man roster, Clay Buchholz was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Shi Davidi also reports that Derek Law will be the official starting pitcher for tonight’s game against the Orioles.

Romano is an older-than-average rookie at 26, and he spent most of 2019 as a reliever for the Bisons, recording just three starts (he was primarily a starter from 2016-2018). Romero has carried a 6.10 ERA through 31 innings this season (giving up six homers in that span has affected his numbers), but he has recorded 43 strikeouts in that span. Romano was drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Blue Jays out of Oral Roberts, where he attended after graduating from Father Michael McGivney at 14th and McCowan.

Matt W addendum: While the overall numbers aren’t pretty, they’re inflated by four rough starts at the beginning of the season. Since moving to the bullpen, he’s posted a 3.92 ERA in 20.2 innings with 28 strikeouts against 9 walks. And even that is inflated by one epic blowup a month ago (6 ER in 0.1 innings). For the most part, he’s been overpowering with the combination of his fastball usually 96-98 and slider. This call-up is well deserved and I’m really looking forward to what he can do.

Romano was selected in the Rule 5 draft this offseason and spent spring training with the Rangers before he was returned. He will wear Rowdy Tellez’s old #68 in his debut with Toronto.

Ken Giles’ placement onto the IL—for an elbow issue no less—was unexpected and is bad news on a couple of fronts for the Blue Jays. In the short run, Toronto loses its most effective and reliable relievers from the bullpen, and in the medium run, Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro have just seen one of their best trade chips diminish in value (at least for the moment).


Jordan Romano is from Markham. When he suits up with the Toronto Blue Jays, would you say he is playing for his "hometown team"?

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