Austin Romine beat out Gary Sanchez in spring training to win the No. 2 catcher job to open the year and the 28-year-old remained in a backup capacity for the duration of the season. However, Sanchez, who didn't see any action until August, exploded when given the chance and quickly seized the spot atop the catching depth chart. With Brian McCann traded to Houston, Romine figures to open the year as the backup catcher once again in the Bronx, but his career 54 wRC+ (100 is an average big league hitter) serves as a nice reminder that there is not much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Romine is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Romine continues to handle the bulk of the catching duties while Gary Sanchez (biceps) remains on the disabled list, but he'll cede a start to Kyle Higashioka on getaway day. Though the 28-year-old doesn't own especially impressive career numbers at the MLB level, his .324/.381/.459 line over 42 plate appearances this season probably makes him a worthy lineup option in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues that start two catchers.
Romine is not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals. Kyle Higashioka takes over the backstop in his stead. Romine has been swinging a hot bat since being promoted to primary catcher, batting .313 with a .931 OPS over five games. Regardless, he'll likely return to backup duties once Gary Sanchez (biceps) gets healthy.
Romine is considered the Yankees' No. 1 catcher with Gary Sanchez (biceps) absent, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports. Kyle Higashioka will continue to back up and receive the occasional start when Romine needs a breather -- and perhaps keep pairing with fellow rookie Jordan Montgomery. Sanchez is expected to miss at least a few more weeks, so Romine will keep his value as a filler in two-catcher mixed leagues and a decent play in AL-only fixtures.
Romine will start at catcher and bat eighth in the order Sunday against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Romine looks primed to assume the bulk of the catching duties for at least the next week and a half after prized young backstop Gary Sanchez exited Saturday's game with a right biceps strain before being quickly shuttled to the 10-day disabled list. While the 28-year-old probably represents a defensive upgrade over Sanchez, he'll be hard-pressed to replace his production at the dish. Over 362 career plate appearances in the majors, Romine has slashed a middling .220/.257/.327.
Romine (thumb) went 1-for-4 in his return to Grapefruit League play Monday. Romine was sidelined for nearly a week after taking a pitch off his right thumb, but he avoided any serious damage and was able to return to action Monday without incident. Despite the strong play this spring by fellow catcher Kyle Higashioka, Romine has all but been assured he'll serve as the backup to Gary Sanchez behind the plate come Opening Day.