ANAHEIM -- Cito Gaston didn't think Ricky Romero was going to feel any pressure when he took the mound Sunday against the Angels, even though the young lefty has 30.1 million reasons why his starts might carry more expectations from now on.
On Saturday, Romero signed a five-year $30.1 million contract extension, a deal that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus and will pay Romero $750,000 next season and $5 million in 2012.
Despite the fact that Romero started a game a day after signing a lucrative contract, Gaston said he didn't feel the need to remind Romero that he didn't have to prove he was worth the money against the Angels.
"No I don't think so," Gaston said. "Sometimes when you bring stuff up like that it just plants it in the head, so sometimes you're better off leaving it alone."
In fact Gaston said that he rarely speaks to one of his starters before the game, regardless of any extenuating circumstances.
"I very seldom even talk to my starting pitcher," Gaston said. "If he speaks to me, I'll speak to him."
Romero entered Sunday 9-7 on the season with a 3.53 ERA. In 23 starts he has 132 strikeouts compared to 55 walks.
Buck ready for rehab assignment in Minors
ANAHEIM -- Injured catcher John Buck will make a rehab appearance this week with Toronto's Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, manager Cito Gaston said before Sunday's game.
Gaston said Buck would fly with the team to Oakland after the Blue Jays' end their series against the Angels, and he'd fly out to New Hampshire on Monday. Buck should return to the team Friday in Boston, when he'll be eligible to be activated off of the disabled list.
Buck went on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 4 after he was struck on the right hand by a foul ball. X-rays after the game came back negative, and Buck received three stitches.
Gaston said that Buck's recovery is going well and he has participated in batting practice before the past couple of games.
"The last day we left home he just hit in the cage but the last couple of days he's hit on the field," Gaston said.
Buck's injury allowed the Blue Jays to call up rookie J.P. Arencibia, who made his fourth career start Sunday.
Gaston said that Buck has been an asset to the team with his leadership, and how he's taken the young Arencibia under his wing.
"I talked to [Arencibia] yesterday, and I told him how lucky he was that he had these guys here trying to help him," Gaston said. "Even [Jose] Molina is trying to help him and certainly Buck's helped him. A lot of times in the old days the veterans wouldn't help you at all."
In 84 games this season Buck is hitting .277 (79-for-285) with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Purcey placed on DL with right foot injury
ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays announced that relief pitcher David Purcey was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 12 following their 4-1 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Purcey injured his right foot last Thursday against the Red Sox while covering first base on a ground ball from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Taking Purcey's spot on the active roster is left-hander Jesse Carlson, who was previously with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. Carlson is 3-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 51 innings this season in the Minors.
Rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia made his fourth career start Sunday. Arencibia debuted on Aug. 7 against the Rays and went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double, in his other two starts he has gone 0-for-7. ... The Jays are second in the American League with a .630 (17-8) winning percentage since the All-Star break. Minnesota leads the league with a .724 clip. ... Since the All-Star break, Jose Bautista leads the Majors in homers (12), RBIs (32), slugging (.750) and extra-base hits (21). In those 27 games he is hitting .311 (32-for-103) with a .400 OBP.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.