Austin Romine may be running out of chances -- he has a negative-1.6 fWAR through 219 career games and zero seasons with a positive mark. He logged a career-high 252 plate appearances last season and his performance at the dish was well below league average (49 wRC+) as Romine did nothing particularly well with the bat. While he did lift his walk rate, it was still modest at 6.3 percent, and he struck out more (22.6 percent) and hit for almost no power in his age-28 season. Romine managed just four extra-base hits (all doubles) in 144 plate appearances away from Yankee Stadium, resulting in the second-lowest slugging percentage among 49 catchers with at least 200 plate appearances. The Yankees tendered Romine a contract for 2018, so he should be back to help out behind Gary Sanchez although it's not out of the question that the team could swap him out with Erik Kratz if he struggles in the spring.
Romine agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Romine slashed .218/.272/.293 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 80 games with the Yankees last season. He will likely continue to serve as Gary Sanchez's backup at the catcher's position, but doesn't provide much of an impact at the fantasy level.
Romine had his suspension as a result of his role in August's brawl with the Tigers reduced to one game and served it Friday, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports. Romine had his suspension knocked down from two games to one on appeal, and the whole ordeal is behind him now that he served the ban in Friday's tilt. The backup catcher could be back behind the plate as early as Saturday with an afternoon game on tap against the Rangers.
Romine (hand) is batting eighth and playing catcher for Thursday's game against the Indians, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Romine was apparently healthy enough to play Monday night, so it was just a matter of time before manager Joe Girardi worked him back into the lineup. He'll continue to play second fiddle to Gary Sanchez behind the plate moving forward.
Romine (hand) was available off the bench Monday, George A. King of the New York Post reports. Romine took a foul ball off the neck and was hit by a pitch on his hand Sunday, and though he said he was sore after playing catch, it sounds as he could have been used if needed in an emergency situation. Gary Sanchez will continue to slot in as the regular catcher in New York.
Romine was diagnosed with a bruised left hand after X-rays came back negative Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Romine was forced out of Sunday's contest prematurely after getting hit on the hand by a pitch, but it seems like he avoided any major problems in this instance. Consider him day-to-day for the time being, although given that he isn't the regular starter behind the plate, Gary Sanchez will likely get most of the innings as catcher regardless of whether Romine is healthy or not.