“That was more of a concern going into the last couple of days. I threw bullpens, wasn’t feeling good, but I was able to get the same torque today, so I feel good about it. The fact I’m feeling fine physically and mechanically, pitches in the zone, I’m happy where I’m at.”
With right-handed relievers Pedro Baez and Josh Ravin expected to begin the season on the disabled list, and mixed results from Chris Hatcher, Josh Fields and Brandon Morrow, the Dodgers need Romo to fill the right-handed set-up role Joe Blanton took over last year.
“We were hopeful he would be there when it matters,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Now as we near the end of spring, it was a clean inning for him and he looked like the Romo we’ve known for the last six years.”
Romo said he expects to pitch at least two more times before the season starts, but said he’s not concerned with the ability to pitch in back-to-back games, as will be needed as soon as the regular season starts.
“I had a very busy offseason, throwing quite a bit, back to back and multiple innings,” said Romo, who pitched in the Mexican Winter League. “I think the arm strength is there and the ability to throw back to back should be fine. Even during the Classic, I felt fine the next day. I’d venture to say I’m okay with that.”
Also in Saturday’s game, Kenley Jansen struck out the side, but also allowed another solo homer. Hatcher was credited with the victory for 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Fields pitched a scoreless inning, but Grant Dayton allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.