Yanks’ prospect Romine shelved with “sore” arm

Prospect Austin Romine was examined by team doctors
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

Double-A catcher Austin Romine, the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect behind Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre backstop Jesus Montero, has been shutdown since last Saturday (four games) with a sore throwing arm, but he told me before tonight’s game against Binghamton at Waterfront Park that he plans on returning behind the plate either tomorrow or Saturday.
Sources said Romine was examined by team doctor William Gomez, but the results of that visit are not known.
“Arm’s a little sore,” said Romine, hitting .313 and penciled in as the Trenton designated hitter tonight. “There’s no problem. It’s just a little sore and we decided that I should take a day or two off. The last game of the last homestand (Saturday) I could not get any power behind the throw down to second. I threw today and it was fine. I should be back catching either tomorrow or Saturday.’’
Romine did not look all that pleased with the situation in the clubhouse.
Either that, or he was just not all that thrilled answering questions about it.
Either that, or he just doesn’t like us.
Romine, 21, the organization’s top prospect at Double-A, has thrown out only 4 of 21 runners (19 percent) after working at a 30 percent clip (38 out of 125) in Tampa last season.
Montero, who is not being projected as a major league catcher, has been better in SWB at 24-percent (8 of 34).
“We’re going to try to get him back in there this weekend,” manager Tony Franklin said. “Here’s a situation where a young guy is really playing every day for the first time and maybe it’s caught up with him. That happens from time to time. It’s up to us to help him get back to where he can go back in there and play every single day. Sometimes you take a step backward. Let’s see if we can lose him for three to four days behind the plate and save the rest of the season for him so he’ll be able to play. It’s just fatigue, that’s it.”
As an aside, Thunder backup Jose Gil gunned down B-Mets leadoff man Kirk Nieuwehuis four minutes into tonight’s series opener.
Just sayin’.

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