Phils lose Romero for rest of season
Lefty reliever bothered by lingering tendinitis in elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero dropped his head as he walked to his locker Friday 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 lingers. He pitched Monday against the Astros, but his arm has been slow to recover. Right-hander Chan Ho Park also said Friday he is unlikely to pitch in the National League Division Series because he aggravated his right hamstring while pitching in the instructional league 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 they 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.
Romero started the season serving a 50-game suspension for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The veteran lefty made his first appearance June 3 and went 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 21 appearances before he landed on the 15-day disabled list following an appearance July 28. He never recovered.
"I had days when I felt really good. I had days when I felt a little tight," Romero said. "I felt good on the mound the other day, but I never bounced back. The next day, I was tight and sore. Two days later, it was the same. Today, I feel a lot better, but it's still going to take three or four days for me to recover. I'm not going to put myself in that situation, and I'm not going to help the team taking that spot in the bullpen. I think it's the right thing to do."
Romero said he will seek a second opinion from orthopedist David Altchek on Monday or Tuesday. But he also said he has a small tear in a tendon in the elbow. He said it is from wear and tear and not something that would require surgery to repair.
"I don't have any major pain," Romero said. "I'm just not recovering. I have tightness in my forearm and my fingers feel kind of weak, which tells me that I have inflammation in the tendon."
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," Amaro 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."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.