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Romero hopes to regroup after disappointing season ends with injury

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell (L) watches pitcher Ricky Romero throw during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the New York Yankees in Toronto September 29, 2012.

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The way things have gone for the Toronto Blue Jays this season you would have to categorize the situation on Ricky Romero and his injured left knee as good news.

The Blue Jays said on Sunday that tests revealed no structural damage, that the injury appears to be no more than some inflammation to the tendon near the left knee, something that a little rest and relaxation should take care of.

For Romero, he'll have plenty of time to recuperate as Saturday's start was his final one of the 2012 Major League Baseball.

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Romero injured his knee pitching to Andruw Jones in the third inning of Saturday's game against the New York Yankeees. The Jays` left-hander was able to finish the side but did not come out to start the fourth inning.

The injury is kind of a fitting way for Romero's season to come to an end, struggling as he has.

"I felt like I was the last man standing, you know," Romero said Sunday before the Blue Jays played the final game of their four-game set against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. "It's unfortunate.

"And just sitting back last night I just kind of sat there, I was more disappointed more than anything. I take a lot of pride in starting the season and finishing the season on a healthy note. It was just a bad year. But I guess the best thing you can do is just regroup from this and learn from it and just have a good off-season."

Romero will finish the year with an unsightly 9-14 record and a 5.77 ERA. His ERA and 105 walks are the highest totals in the Majors this year among qualified starters.

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