Romine was placed on the injured list Thursday for an unspecified reason, which likely means that he's on the COVID-19 IL, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Romine had started just one of the last four games, but he'll now be away from the team. It's not yet clear whether he could return during the final series of the regular season, but catcher Erick Castillo's contract was selected by the Cubs to serve as catching depth behind Willson Contreras.
Romine remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Both Romine and Robinson Chirinos are expected to see few opportunities to play in September after top backstop Willson Contreras was reinstated from the injured list Saturday. In the five games since Contreras returned, Chirinos has started once, while Romine has yet to crack the lineup.
Romine will start at catcher and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the White Sox. Romine will give Robinson Chirinos a breather in the series finale after the latter started the past three games behind the plate. Romine is slashing just .200/.200/.314 this season with a single home run, so he doesn't offer a ton of fantasy appeal when he's in the lineup.
Romine went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Game 1 of Wednesday's twin bill versus the Rockies. Romine notched his first homer and first two-hit performance in the early game of the doubleheader before going 0-for-1 in the nightcap. The veteran catcher has seen limited playing time this season, slashing .207/.207/.345 across 30 plate appearances.
Romine is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Sunday's game against the Royals. With Robinson Chirinos getting the day off in the series finale, Romine will slide into the lineup. Chirinos has become the team's primary catcher with Willson Contreras (knee) on the injured list. That's elevated Romine to the backup role, which doesn't give him a ton of fantasy value, though he'd see an uptick if anything happened to Chirinos.
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