"We haven't had those in-depth conversations yet, but I know that we will," Farrell said when asked if the team
had considered skipping his next turn. "That's not to elude that we are going to take him out of the rotation,
but we exchanged a number of thoughts into the early morning last night and we will continue."
Farrell said that he spoke at length with general manager Alex Anthopoulos about Romero, whose ERA skyrocketed
to 5.75 after Wednesday's drubbing.
Before any action is taken with Romero, Farrell said that he will have a talk with the 27-year-old and make further suggestions to him.
Farrell said to skip a starter, and not just Romero, would happen when a number of steps have been addressed
without any beneficial results. As for a potential demotion to the Minors, Farrell said "It's premature to
talk about Ricky in that way."
"He's scuffling," Farrell said about the southpaw, whose record sits at 8-7. "There have been games that he
has put together a solid outing, pitched with conviction, and yet there are others that we've seen where that
hasn't been the case."
What Farrell finds most puzzling, is that he felt in Wednesday's outing Romero showed some of the best power
stuff they have seen from him in a number of outings.
Romero's battery mate, J.P. Arencibia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled after fracturing his right hand in
Wednesday's game, agrees with his skipper that Romero's stuff is fine, regardless of the results.
"It's one of those things, when it goes bad it goes bad," Arencibia said. "He hasn't had much luck on his side
to go with the consistency of being able to execute pitches. He will be fine. Everyone is this game goes
through rough patches, tough times for an extended period of time. He is too good to not learn from this."
For Arencibia, he believes there is something tangible for Romero to work on and that he will get out of this
rough stretch and be a better pitcher because of it.
"It's fastball command. When you can establish your fastball on both sides of the plate, it makes all the
other stuff better," Arencibia said. "That's a big issue, especially in the Major Leagues.
"These guys are such good hitters that even a [Justin] Verlander -- if he's not locating, he's going to get
hit. So I think that's a big part of it."