Romine out until July with inflamed disc

2012 Draft: Stryker Trahan
A quick look at Boone Logan's slider

Via Dan Martin, catcher Austin Romine is going to be out until at least July with an inflamed disc in his back. He missed time with a similar injury last summer and hasn’t played at all this season, including Spring Training. “He saw [Dr. Watkins] in Los Angeles about four weeks ago and is on his third week of rehab,” said Brian Cashman.

This is essentially a lost season for the 23-year-old Romine, who came into 2012 as the club’s best upper-level catching prospect. He was slated for his first full season at Triple-A and would have had a very real chance to usurp Frankie Cervelli as the backup catcher and cement his place in the club’s long-term catching picture. Instead, the Yankees had to make the George Kontos-for-Chris Stewart trade to replace the depth and Romine’s long-term outlook is a big question mark.

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2012 Draft: Stryker Trahan
A quick look at Boone Logan's slider
  • crawdaddie

    A minor league catcher with a disc problem doesn’t have a good future to be a major league catcher.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    That he was our best catching prospect coming into the season is depressing. And no I’m not speaking specifically of the trade of he who shall not be named. I am thinking more about the fact that he’s just not that great.

    • LK

      I don’t really think he was the best catching prospect coming into the season. Best upper-level for sure, but Gary Sanchez is clearly the best catching prospect in the org at the moment IMO.

      • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

        But he’s years away from MLB.

    • murakami

      His name’s Montero.

      That’s right: Montero.

      Somebody blundered, but it wasn’t him.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    This may force us to extend Martin. It’s that or Cashman may need to get creative!

    • Kevin Winters

      Hopefully it’s get creative.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      What, there are no other defensive catchers who hit .170?

      I can’t see the Yanks extending Russell Martin unless he really struggles and is forced to take a discount contract. But if he’s that bad, why even sign him and give him multiple years at all?

      • Brendan

        He gets on base at a .330 clip. He’s not being asked to drive in runs.

    • Reggie C.

      In no way does Romine’s injury force Cashman or whoever is GM’ing the team next season to do extend Martin.

      Martin will have to perform much better than his current triple slash of .170/.320/.320 to make the front office consider a multi year deal. Romine’s prolonged injury probably allows the FO the excuse to pursue another 1 year stop-gap measure if the FO passes on Miguel Montero.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Romine may need to find a new position. One where a .220, light hitting, offensive presence is tolerated.

    Can he pitch?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    At least we know now. This all seemed like it was in a perpetual state of limbo.

  • TomH

    Well, bad news for Romine and then for Yankee fans. What once seemed like a plethora of catchers in the farm system has dwindled pretty rapidly.

  • DM

    Romine’s status combined with Martin’s poor offense leads me to believe that retaining Martin (at a much lower price than initially feared) will happen. Hopefully Romine can catch enough to be a backup at some point. Sanchez is probably better than Montero was at catching but Romine was the best receiver.

  • Carl LaFong

    Something tells me he’s got chronic back problems forever & best case scenario he becomes a high school or college coach somewhere. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Kevin

    Stinks because I liked the kid. But it def sounds like his future in baseball is not to be.
    Yet another player who’s best chance of getting a ring was last year.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    While the recurring back problems may curtail his Hall Of Fame career from developing, who says it’s the end of the world for the Yankees?

    Maybe he and a back-up type can be a tandem for a few seasons until Murphy and Sanchez are ready. It’s not like we’d be the only team with a defense-first catcher to win. Plus, by not spending money on Martin, you can use the money on outfielders, who are less prone to breakdown and catastrophic injury.

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

    Jr murphy not a big league catcher. Sanchez is all thats left. Kile higoshawa may be a back up. Yanks will have to go after catchers again in the draft.