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He and guard Luke Ridnour (back spasms)
DUNEDIN, Fla. Kevin Zeitler Jersey . -- Ricky Romero is headed back to the minors. One day after being shelled by the Detroit Tigers, the former Opening Day starter and fellow pitcher Marcus Stroman were sent to the Blue Jays minor league camp. Toronto manager John Gibbons said both pitchers needed more work. Gibbons tried to soften the blow for Romero, saying the 29-year-old left-hander had pitched well earlier in the spring and was moving in the right direction after two troubled seasons. "We really like what he did this camp," Gibbons told reporters Wednesday prior to a Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies. "Just go down there and polish it up." Stroman, a 2012 first-round draft choice who pitched in Class-AA last season, managed just one out in Tuesdays 18-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up seven runs on six hits. "He was kind of the odd man out," said Gibbons. "He had trouble throwing strikes (Tuesday). Hes got to do that." Romero, who is due to make US$7.75 million this season, walked five and threw two wild pitches in 2 2/3 innings. Unofficially he threw 57 pitches, 23 for strikes. Gibbons said Romero needs to do "whatever it takes" to throw strikes. He was an all-star in 2011 when he went 15-11 with a 2.92 earned-run average. In 2012, he slumped to 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA and things got worse in 2013, when he saw action in just four games in the majors with an 0-2 record and 11.05 ERA. He spent most of last season in the minors where he went 5-8 with 5.52 ERA. "Its a long road. You never know if a guys going to make it back from that or not," said Gibbons. "But he was starting to show the signs of it. (Tuesday) he wasnt as good and it just kind of reaffirmed, Hey start him down there, but hes moving in the right direction." Romero had been a feel-good story earlier in spring training. Gibbons called him "the big talk of camp" last week after giving up one run in seven innings for an ERA of 1.29 in three appearances. But Romero fell back to earth Tuesday in Lakeland. He gave up three runs on three hits with five walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches. "Weve taken too many steps forward to dwell on this," Romero said philosophically afterwards. Somewhat bizarrely, he referred to a "weird weather day" in noting "the balls were a little slick and just kept coming out of my hand." It was a sunny 20-degree day at Joker Marchant Stadium. Romero has been positive this spring, making an effort to stay in the moment rather than labour in the past or worry about the future. A lot of people have been rooting for him to succeed, including his manager. "We feel for the guy," said Gibbons. "Its not just looking at results. As much work as the kids putting in, things like that -- the battles hes going through, mentally -- you root for him. You root for him extra hard. "But were encouraged. Were positive after this camp. He may look at it differently but we feel positive with what he accomplished this spring." Romero had left the clubhouse by the time the announcement was made. Gibbons said the pitcher was disappointed at the news. "And rightfully so. I cant blame him for that, but hopefully he feels good about how this spring went." Despite the positive signs, Gibbons said he always saw Romero as having an outside shot at making the team. "Personally I thought regardless of the camp he had, it would probably do him some good to start down in the minor leagues in real competition where things are different," he said. "Just to make sure hes back to where he needs to be. "Because you dont want him to come up and if hes not ready to start the season, backslides and he may never regroup. So that was kind of my thinking. But that wasnt everybodys opinion. If he proved he was ready in spring training, he might have been the guy." NOTES -- Gibbons said closer Casey Janssen felt "great" after a throwing on the mound Tuesday and will go again Friday. Hes slated to make three or four appearances before the season starts March 31 in Tampa. Janssen has been limited in action to protect against shoulder soreness. Sammie Coates Jersey . The Senators will put the busy off-season and training camp behind them when they open their regular season on the road. They kick things off Friday against the Buffalo Sabres and then head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Cody Kessler Jersey . -- Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana agreed Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder. .C. United on Saturday night and boost the Unions playoff hopes. Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute for United (3-23-6), which had ample opportunities to build on its lead but went its 10th straight match without a victory.( - The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks are both looking for their second wins of the season tonight at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Watch the action unfold live on TSN at 8:30pm et/5:30pm pt. The Bucks, who rallied from 22 points down to defeat the Boston Celtics Friday night, are unbeaten in the previous 10 meetings with the Raptors and took all three of last seasons encounters. The Bucks are 14-2 in the past 16 games against Toronto, losers of eight straight in Brew City. Milwaukee set themselves up for back-to-back wins thanks to an impressive comeback in Boston. The club spoiled the celebration of the Boston Red Sox recent World Series championship by rallying from 22 points behind in the second half for a 105-98 triumph. The Bucks scored the last 10 points of the game and were led by Zaza Pachulias 20 points off the bench. Gary Neal, Nate Wolters and John Henson netted 14 points apiece and Khris Middleton had 13 points in the win. The Bucks, who started the fourth quarter on a 20-10 run, came back from a large deficit for a second straight game, as they trailed by 25 against the New York Knicks Wednesday and eventually lost. "We have to figure this out, getting off to such a bad start," Bucks new coach Larry Drew said on the teams website after his first victory. "Ive got to get my finger on it. Two straight games where we just got off to bad starts. It hasnt been great execution. Ricardo Louis Jersey. Were just putting too pressure on ourselves defensively." The Bucks have a stingy defense, especially with center Larry Sanders, a shot- blocking phenom. Sanders swatted four shots and scored four points Friday. O.J. Mayo had eight points. Bucks guard Brandon Knight, who strained his right hamstring just minutes into Milwaukees opener with New York, did not play. He and guard Luke Ridnour (back spasms) are questionable Saturday. Toronto beat the Celtics in its season opener and fell into the loss column with Fridays 102-95 setback in Atlanta. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points for the Raptors on 14-of-23 shooting and helped the Raptors trim an 18-point hole to six late in the game. DeRozan had 23 points over the last two quarters. "DeMar came in the second half and did a great job," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said afterward. Kyle Lowry chipped in 16 points and Rudy Gay struggled from the floor, making only 6-of-23 shots for 14 points. Gay had a team-high 19 points in the season opener. After Gay nailed a pair of free throws to give Toronto a 37-36 edge -- its final lead of the contest -- with 2:47 left until the break, Atlanta closed the half on a 13-2 run. 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