Blue Jays’ Jordan Romano ‘feels great,’ expected back April 25


Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jordan Romano. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays‘ battered bullpen received some good news on Sunday with pitching coach Pete Walker announcing Jordan Romano should be available on April 25 when his 10-day injured list stint expires.

Romano, who has been a candidate to close games after Kirby Yates’ season-ending Tommy John surgery, was placed on the injured list with ulnar neuritis on April 15.

“The bottom line is he feels good,” Walker said, adding that Romano will throw a side session on Sunday. “He feels great… (It was) just maybe a little freak thing that irritated him a little bit but nothing alarming. We just decided to be very safe and cautious with him and give him more than a couple of days but he should be ready to go when his time is up.”

Romano made four relief appearances before his injury, posting a 2.70 ERA with four strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.

In other Blue Jays injury news, Walker announced that Nate Pearson will throw a live batting practice session on Tuesday as the team builds him up to be a starter. Pearson has been on the injured list all season after suffering a groin injury in spring training.

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who has been on the injured list since April 9 with right triceps inflammation, is progressing well according to Walker and is expected to be activated soon once his 10-days have been reached.

Walker did not have any updates on pitchers Ross Stripling, Julian Merryweather or Thomas Hatch, who are all currently on the injured list.

The Blue Jays close out a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals Sunday afternoon with Robbie Ray starting for Toronto. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and you can watch the game on Sportsnet.

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