While Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is only day-to-day — yet available off the bench — following his recent injury scare, the same unfortunately cannot be said for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero.
Last week, the Phillies placed the 24-year-old on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow sprain after he showed noticeable diminished velocity in a relief appearance against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The injury status of Phillies LHP JoJo Romero is not looking good.
While manager Joe Girardi gave a favorable outlook on Realmuto’s status prior to the team’s game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, he did not provide an official update on Romero’s elbow.
As NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury puts it, this lack of information “might not be good.” A tweet Romero sent out on Tuesday also signals less-than-ideal news could be soon coming down the pipeline:
Romero also recently retweeted a tweet from New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, which touched on how everyone is struggling with something in life, battling highs and the lows.
“Be conscious of that. You never know what someone may be going through in life,” Stroman added. “Spread love/blessings and you’ll receive it all back from the universe. Hate never wins. Karma never sleeps. Love always!”
Through 11 appearances this season, the California native surrendered 12 hits, eight runs (seven earned), four walks, and four home runs, while striking out eight of his 44 batters faced spanning nine innings.
Romero retired just one of his four batters faced in his most recent outing against the Brewers — all the while allowing two hits, a walk, and run in the eventual 5-4 Phillies victory. Of the 20 pitches he threw, only 12 were strikes.
Romero was effective across most of his 12 appearances last season as a rookie, including throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings to begin his career with six strikeouts and only one walk allowed.
The Phillies need a reliable left-hander to complement Jose Alvarado in the bullpen. It is tough to see Romero go through rough times, and we can only hope that his elbow injury is not a serious injury.