Austin Romine exited tonight’s Yankees-Red Sox game early, which seemed perfectly normal given the 11-0 score. However, after the game, Aaron Boone announced that Romine was removed because he is dealing with hamstring tightness. Boone went on to say that the Yankees are monitoring the injury, and are not sure if he will be available for tomorrow’s game. According to Marc Carig, he will get an MRI. Who’s ready for everyday catcher Kyle Higashioka?
Romine, 29, assumed the everyday catching responsibilities when Gary Sanchez hit the disabled list earlier in the week. He’s hit well in 2018, authoring a .274/.340/.474 batting line with four home runs. His 122 wRC+ over 106 plate appearances is nearly double his career average.
Should the Yankees need another catcher, they will have to dig to find one. Wilkin Castillo is the backstop at Triple-A, and he was plucked from independent ball this spring. A small trade could always come together, but that’s one item Brian Cashman probably doesn’t want to worry about. Who knew that the team should have hung on to Erik Kratz?
UPDATE: The MRI came back clean. That was fast. The Yankees have also optioned Giovanny Gallegos back to Triple-A.