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Welcome to the Pitching Carousel: Thursday Edition

by Amy Moritz

Wednesday night, it was anybody's guess what would happen with the pitching rotation for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons.

The injury to Toronto's J.A. Happ caused a ripple effect and so too did the performance of Ricy Romero in his dismal start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday which didn't even last an entire inning. He gave up three runs on four hits with two walks in one-third of an inning.

This morning, the Blue Jays announced that they optioned Romero to the Bisons and desingated Edgar Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez, who had been with the Herd, pitched in relief of Romero yesterday giving up five runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs, in 4 2/3 innings.

The Blue Jays then selected the contracts of starter Ramon Ortiz (2-0, 2.18) and reliever Mickey Storey (0-1, 3.63, 23 strikeouts).

The Herd is scheduled to conclude its homestand with a 1 p.m. game against Norfolk, though the forecast is looking sketchy. It was originally set as a start for Gonzalez, but that won't happen. Last night manager Marty Brown said it could be Ortiz, who was scheduled for his regular start tomorrow. But that won't happen now, either.

Stay tuned for the next edition of the pitching rotation.



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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