After being sent to the IL earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano has received a tough update. The Blue Jays have shut the two-time All-Star down for a few days after dealing with elbow soreness, per

“Romano experienced some elbow soreness after progressing to 120 feet in his throwing program. The right-hander, who was scheduled to throw from a mound this weekend in Cleveland, will be shut down for the next couple of days as the Blue Jays wait to get more clarity, though he wasn't expected to need an MRI.”

Romano's elbow wasn't bouncing back as well as he'd hoped, and tests ended up revealing some inflammation in the elbow. The right-hander threw on flat ground at a distance of 120 feet on Friday, but he felt some soreness in the elbow afterwards, so he will hold off on throwing from a mound for now.

The Blue Jays will wait to get some clarity and determine Romano's next steps over the next couple of days, but he will be shut down from throwing during that period.

Blue Jays manager John Schneider provided details on Romano's status when he initially was placed on the IL earlier this month.

“There's no structural injury, just inflammation. He'll have downtime from throwing for a couple days and then we'll go from there,” Schneider said.

“The timeline we don't really know yet. With treatment and medication, we'll see how he's doing,” Schneider added.

Schneider revealed that Jordan Romano's injury is similar to what sidelined him at the start of the season. Through 15 games, Romano has amassed eight saves and thrown 13 strikeouts on a 6.59 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.

Could the Blue Jays look to start a rebuild?

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (left) and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (right) before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
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The Blue Jays have lost five games in a row and currently sit in the American League East cellar with a 35-41 record.

It's been several years of this Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr-led core now without any real success. The Blue Jays haven't gotten past the Wild Card Round with the two superstars at the forefront, which has resulted in trade rumors popping up, especially around Vladdy, who isn't producing at the level that he has over the last several seasons.

While it would have to be considered a disappointment for the Blue Jays to move off of either of their two young stars, at a certain point the team needs to accept that things aren't working as currently constructed. Toronto could likely get a solid haul of prospects in exchange for one or both of Bichette and Guererro Jr. at the July 30 trade deadline.

The Chicago Cubs rank at the top of potential destinations for Guererro Jr. at the deadline. Multiple reporters have already corroborated the fact that the two sides have been in some contact on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. trade between the two teams.