DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Ricky Romero might have a little extra time to work out his woes. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Romero to the minors after he pitched Tuesday in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Romero was optioned to Dunedin of the Class A Florida State League. The 28-year-old lefty was 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA last season. He had a 6.23 ERA in five spring starts this year, allowing 17 hits and 10 walks in 13 innings. Romero, now the fifth starter in a revamped rotation, gave up two earned runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings against the Pirates. He struck out two and was spared additional damage by several defensive gems behind him. "Im not trying to win the Cy Young or anything in the spring," Romero said. "The results havent been there, and thats pretty obvious. And I see it, but its not like Im not working. Sometimes I overwork." Said manager John Gibbons: "Its a game of ups and downs, and hes been a little down." Dustin McGowan returned to work for Toronto, pitching a perfect sixth inning in his spring debut. The right-hander, who has undergone three shoulder surgeries that have limited him to 21 innings since 2008, is being handled cautiously. "He wont be ready to start the season, but it could be not too long afterwards," Gibbons said. "But weve got to make sure hes good and ready the way his history has been. We dont want to rush him." McGowan understands his return to the major leagues will begin in the bullpen. "Honestly, I think right now if I was to start, Id need 15 days to recover," he said. "So I think this is the path to go right now." The Pirates, meanwhile, met a morning deadline by adding left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez to the roster. Sanchez then went out and gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was upbeat after walking one and striking out six. "They were swinging early. They were trying to hit my fastball and I changed the plan. 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