ANAHEIM -- Cito Gaston didn't think Ricky Romero was going to feel any pressure when he took the mound Sunday against the Angels, even though the young lefty has 30.1 million reasons why his starts might carry more expectations from now on.
On Saturday, Romero signed a five-year $30.1 million contract extension, a deal that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus and will pay Romero $750,000 next season and $5 million in 2012.
Despite the fact that Romero started a game a day after signing a lucrative contract, Gaston said he didn't feel the need to remind Romero that he didn't have to prove he was worth the money against the Angels.
"No I don't think so," Gaston said. "Sometimes when you bring stuff up like that it just plants it in the head, so sometimes you're better off leaving it alone."
In fact Gaston said that he rarely speaks to one of his starters before the game, regardless of any extenuating circumstances.
"I very seldom even talk to my starting pitcher," Gaston said. "If he speaks to me, I'll speak to him."
Romero entered Sunday 9-7 on the season with a 3.53 ERA. In 23 starts he has 132 strikeouts compared to 55 walks.