Romine not ready to return, still dealing with concussion symptoms

A-Rod's record slam gives Yanks win over Giants
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Via Andy McCullough: Austin Romine is still dealing with concussion symptoms and isn’t ready to return to the team. He has been given the okay for light workouts, but those aren’t going well. “I think (the ball is) going to be one place and it’s another place, or I’ll do something I’m always used to doing and I won’t catch it,” he said. “I know my body. I know what I can do. So when I do stuff I’m not used to doing, I’m like ‘What the heck?’ I don’t want that to happen in a game.”

Romine, who missed time with a much more serious concussion suffered during a home plate collision in 2011, added: “Mainly, it’s my health. I’m not going to go out there and risk permanent damage, a worse concussion, possibly die. It’s a pretty serious injury. And two, I’m not going to go out there and screw my team. I’m not going to miss a ball with a guy on third, because I’m trying to suck it up and go out there. I’m better for the team if I don’t go out there.”

The 24-year-old Romine has been sidelined for eleven days after taking a foul tip to the mask in Baltimore. He has hit .207/.255/.296 (47 wRC+) in 60 games overall this season, but he was far more productive after the All-Star break and before the injury (105 wRC+ in 23 games). With only eight games left in the year and a microscopic chance of making the postseason, the Yankees should just shut Romine down. Brain injuries are nothing to screw around with.

A-Rod's record slam gives Yanks win over Giants
Game 155: Another Day
  • freakyfastfrank

    shutting him down for the season is a “no-brainer” even Cashman can figure out.

  • mt

    Amazing how injuries have continued with this team even until September – they will not show up as a DL stint because of the expanded rosters but Logan, Romine, and Gardner injuries certainly did not help our September push (not to mention Arod leg injuries, Soriano thumb issues). The Kelley and Robertson shut-downs during first Boston series did not help either.

    They should shut Romine down of course. At least he showed a better bat towards the end of his 2013 season – hopefully something to build on for next year.

    I don’t know whether he was just blowing smoke but Sabathia was complimentary last night of Murphy’s catching. At least Romine injury has given him a chnace as opposed to someone like Bobby Wilson.

  • Dicka24

    Romine has all offseason to get healthy at least. The silver lining is that JR Murphy should get some run behind the plate. I personally think he’s the future at that position, Gary Sanchez not withstanding. Murphy can handle the bat pretty good, and by all accounts is fairly capable behind the plate. I think Murphy > Romine long term. Again, Sanchez not withstanding.

  • Mister D

    “I’m better for the team if I don’t go out there.” – Chris Stewart

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  • dalelama

    This guy is turning to be as big of a princess as Tex. How come we end up with all the soft guys? Is it our training staff? With us ankle and wrist sprains threaten careers.