Romero To Miss Rest of Season

J.C. Romero dropped his head as he walked to his locker this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

“I’m done,” he said. “I’m done.”

Romero said he will not pitch again this season – barring a miracle – because tendinitis in his left elbow still lingers. He pitched Monday against the Houston Astros, but his arm has been slow to recover. Right-hander Chan Ho Park also said today he is unlikely to pitch in the National League Division Series because he aggravated his right hamstring while pitching in the Instructional League on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla.

“I’ve got to play it smart, bro,” Romero said. “The arm is not recovering the way it should. When they say tendinitis that means rest. The most I’ve rested the whole time is 10 days. I’ve probably got to rest a whole month or so. That’s going to hurt, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. … If some miracle happens before the World Series and I feel extremely good, it could be a possibility. But first round? Definitely, no. Second round? The only way I would consider that is if after the second opinion they say nothing is wrong, that it’s just soreness from the weather. If the say you’ve got to rest or you’re going to create something worse I’ll shut it down.”

“All things point to him not being able to participate,” Philllies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Park was instructed to notify the team’s athletic trainers if he felt anything in the hamstring while he pitched Thursday.

“Not good,” Park said.

“Right now it’s day-to-day,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We’ll see how it goes. I can’t say whether I’m optimistic or pessimistic because you never know how he’ll heal over the next couple days. But I do know it’s unfortunate because he was throwing the ball real well. We’d love to have him.”

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1 Comment

If we don’t repeat, it will be because of the pen. Lidge is not the only weak link. Eyre’s pitching elbow will require surgery in the offseason. Durbin hasn’t looked anything like his ’08-self. IMHO, Romero was unreplaceable, a lefty out of the pen. Even Jamie could’ve helped. Now an injured Eyre is our only choice? If Happ doesn’t pitch out of the pen, we are cooked!

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