Romine could play all nine positions in a game before the regular season concludes, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Manager Brad Ausmus does not seem keen on using Romine at all nine spots either during the Tigers' current homestand or in a game with implications for the opponent, but he did not rule out Romine getting that chance at some point. Romine has already played seven positions this season and even has logged a relief appearance, so the final piece of the puzzle will be a stint behind the plate.
Romine is not in the lineup Monday against the Indians. With Mikie Mahtook battling a groin injury, Romine has spent a bit more time in the Tigers' outfield recently. However, he hasn't been able to deliver at the plate, as he's gone just 5-for-25 (.200) since the start of September. He'll head to the bench Monday while Tyler Collins heads to left field.
Romine is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians. Romine had started in both of the Tigers' last two games, but was on the bench for the preceding four contests, and it looks like that will be a regular occurrence in September as manager Brad Ausmus looks to find more at-bats for younger, higher-ceiling options. Due to his ability to play all over the diamond along with every outfield position, Romine should still see at least a couple starts per week in September, but don't expect him to do much offensively with any opportunities he receives. He's slashed just .239/.299/.363 over 286 plate appearances on the campaign.
Romine will start at third base and bat second Sunday against the White Sox. Primary third baseman Nick Castellanos (wrist) is back in the lineup following a two-game absence, but manager Brad Ausmus will ease him into the fold as a designated hitter, opening up a spot in the infield for Romine. It will be the third consecutive start for the utility man, who had played center field and right field in the previous contests. Romine would seemingly have an easier path to playing time in right field, where usual starter Alex Presley has contributed a meager .237/.293/.263 line since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.
Romine is out of the lineup Saturday against the Twins. Alex Presley, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday, will get the start in right field and could take over the everyday role heading into the season's homestretch. Romine hasn't done much to earn additional playing time, going 5-for-24 this month despite starting the last six games.
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