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.
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.