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MRI shows inflammation for Romine

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Austin Romine is going to miss a few more days after an MRI revealed inflammation in his back.

“When it first happened, he told me that it wasn’t too bad,” Joe Girardi said. “I think it hurt a little bit more than he let on.”

Girardi said there are no long-term concerns with Romine, but because it’s spring training, the Yankees will take their time with the injury. Francisco Cervelli was a heavy favorite to make the roster anyway, but Romine was hoping to make a run at the big league backup job.

“He’ll be down a little bit, but he’ll get back,” Girardi said. “We’re going to make sure it’s knocked out before we send him back out there. The one thing we don’t want to do is give him some time out, then you send him back out and he’s not completely healthy. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

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70 Responses to “MRI shows inflammation for Romine”

  1. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    He’s the catcher that should have been traded, a year ago.

  2. m February 26th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I guess Cervelli is the backup. Fix that back by resting. Then take your reps at AAA.

  3. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    But, but….Romine can’t hit and his defense is over rated. It’s been said on here often. Who would want him?

  4. Nick in SF February 26th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Karmic retribution for being happy that Montero was traded.

    Romine should stop the hatin’ and listen to Joba:

    “Vision of what u want doesn’t start by looking through ur eyes it’s starts by looking into ur heart! Stay focused everyday! LOVE!”

  5. tucker February 26th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Romine needs at least a half year at AAA. Not sure his upside is that much more than Cervelli — without the unnecessary flash behind the plate.

  6. CompassRosy February 26th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    “Batting 3rd is gonna give Ichiro the opportunity to swing for the fences Far more in 2012.”

    Donnybrook ~

    It will definitely be interesting to see how Ichiro does in his new spot.
    Apparently, he’s been prepping for a change in style, if not batting order, all off-season…

    http://tinyurl.com/6rvjunq

  7. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    eboland11 Erik Boland
    Romine on his back: “You know when something’s really wrong and I don’t have that feeling. It’s not something I’m worried about.”

  8. m February 26th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Chad,

    Please ask Frankie for his thoughts on this latest development with Romine. :P

  9. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    “He’s the catcher that should have been traded, a year ago.”

    Logic here, as it was yesterday, is appalling.

  10. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Joba platitudes – Hee, hee, snicker, sniggle, snorkle.

    “Look into your heart” – Pump, whoosh, repeat. Oh yeah. Profundity right there.

  11. CompassRosy February 26th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    “…streaming video is going to change everything really fast.
    companies are going to need content.”

    ~

    Yep. All the more reason the timing for the previously mentioned M’s opt out could be a really good thing (3 more years seems like ample time for them, especially doing business in a ‘tech central’ place like Seattle, to get it figured out)

  12. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    “Maybe….but its still true”

    Blake, my meaning is the Yankees won’t be at an unfair disadvantage. It is one of their own making and one of their own choice on top of that.

    The Yankees are free to spend above tax line to their hearts content. What “disadvantage” the Yankees will or will not be at is entirely a product of their own decisions.

  13. blake February 26th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    “The Yankees are free to spend above tax line to their hearts content. What “disadvantage” the Yankees will or will not be at is entirely a product of their own decisions.”

    Of course

  14. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    how can the yankees go with a back up catcher who has thrown out 14% of runners in the past two years?

    that’s pathetic.

    how does that happen with girardi and pena being there ?

    do they suck at teaching catching or is cervelli really that bad at throwing?

  15. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I for one, was always embarassed by the George sledgehammer, blowhard approach to baseball. Throw money and hype at any situation that develops

  16. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    do they suck at teaching catching or is cervelli really that bad at throwing?

    ————————————-
    Disregarding the fact that Cervelli threw out 40% of the runners in the minors and his first year of the Majors.

  17. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    “Of course”

    But decisions are not made in a vacuum. They are a consequence of incentives and disincentives imposed by the CBA as well as their own profits and losses. So it’s overly simplistic to say that it will be their own decision, since no rational person ignores taxes and fees when allocating funds.

  18. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    “do they suck at teaching catching or is cervelli really that bad at throwing?”

    They admitted they rushed him.

  19. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    “Karmic retribution for being happy that Montero was traded.”

    That would only be true if Romine hadn’t had chronic back issues. It has been an ongoing problem, raising a red flag (beyond his more limited skillset) about his ability to stay healthy going forward, yet they still traded their only ML ready catcher.

  20. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    “streaming video is going to change everything really fast.
    companies are going to need content.”

    Well, considering you’ve got MLB, and professional baseball all over the world (streaming blurs boundaries), not to mention NCAA baseball (college BB and football are highly popular, baseball could potentially be an untapped market for new media) and virtual WEALTH of minor league baseball, hard to see a new start-up having greater or even equal value over the current options.

    Not seeing the sales pitch for a start-up baseball league, that doesn’t improve upon the existing options. You don’t create a product for a VENUE absent of a reason why a consumer will pay attention.

    They’re going to watch some inferior, knock-off version of baseball because it’s on their computer?

    Steve Job, you are not.

  21. blake February 26th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Rich,

    That’s true as well…..which is why they need cost controlled players if they are going to “play by the CBA rules”

  22. Nick in SF February 26th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Gosh, Rich, I wonder if they know things you don’t know.

  23. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    “yet they still traded their only ML ready catcher.”

    Again, that remains to be seen if he can catch major league pitching in real games.

  24. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    “Gosh, Rich, I wonder if they know things you don’t know.”

    Rich knows everything.

  25. mick February 26th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    romine has nothing to do with montero being traded.

  26. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Gosh Nick, they read the papers, right? Unless it was some diabolical plant to mislead the public?

  27. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    “Steve Job, you are not.”

    yeah, but at least i know how to spell his name.

  28. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    “Again, that remains to be seen if he can catch major league pitching in real games.”

    Not really, my good friend. We know he can catch to some extent. He may be a bad catcher, but so was Cervelli, at least at times, and according to some, so were Posada and Piazza.

  29. mick February 26th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    pcaldera profile

    pcaldera Nick Swisher heading into free agent walk year: ‘I wish I could write it in a book and script it out. I’d be here for the rest of my career’
    ===============================
    really, who says these type of things?
    he loves it here, his bleacher creatures and all that but he doesn’t fit the mold.
    neither did aj.

  30. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    “But decisions are not made in a vacuum. They are a consequence of incentives and disincentives imposed by the CBA as well as their own profits and losses. So it’s overly simplistic to say that it will be their own decision, since no rational person ignores taxes and fees when allocating funds.”

    It is overly simplistic is you remove the context of the comment, a danger when you’re trying to respond to someone via proxy but pretending you really aren’t.

    My quite simple and very clear point to Blake is the Yankees are not being treated unfairly, which is pretty much the overriding principle for me.

  31. mick February 26th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    joba and his tweets aren’t long for pinstripes either.

  32. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    “yeah, but at least i know how to spell his name.”

    Misspelling aside (could be a typo), the man’s name shouldn’t be uttered in vain. ;)

  33. mick February 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    even damon cleaned up his act when he came to the yankees.

  34. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    “Not really, my good friend. We know he can catch to some extent. He may be a bad catcher, but so was Cervelli, at least at times, and according to some, so were Posada and Piazza.”

    He might be worse than “bad” though. We’ll find out for sure in 2012 with his new team and pitching staff.

  35. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to ask some knowledgeable person. Why do catchers block the plate with some behemoth bearing down on them? You have Posada doing swipe tags after a broken leg and being successful. San Fran has now subscribed to that method. Where are there positive risk reward options for plate blocking? One run in one game vs career threatening, sounds totally asinine to me.

  36. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    “yeah, but at least i know how to spell his name.”

    It is really your belief that responding to a typo obscures the fact you have nothing effective to say in response?

  37. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    “They admitted they rushed him.”

    i’ll be the first to admit that i don’t like cervelli( never have), but i wonder if he’s had injury problems with his arm because he did throw well in the minors.

    … but you have to wonder what girardi is thinking by pushing this kid as the back up.

    whether it’s injury related or not how can a guy who says he values defense play a back up cacther who is the worst in major league baseball at throwing out runners?

    maybe girardi knows it’s a temporary sore arm . he’s obviously not going to announce to other teams cervelli has a sore arm. maybe that’s been it.

    but we’re in the third year of cervelli throwing. he needs to pick it up or they need to get someone else in there.

  38. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    “It is really your belief that responding to a typo obscures the fact you have nothing effective to say in response?”

    that’s my narrative , and i’m sticking with it :)

  39. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Bo,

    Probably a similar reason why baseball had to act in the new CBA to ban chewing tobacco.

    Sometimes smart is beside the point.

  40. Nick in SF February 26th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    “Gosh Nick, they read the papers, right? Unless it was some diabolical plant to mislead the public?”

    You kind of lost me there. What is supposed to be the thing they read in the papers? That Romine has had back problems? And if they knew that, how on earth could they trade away their only ML ready catcher?

  41. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    but we’re in the third year of cervelli throwing. he needs to pick it up or they need to get someone else in there.

    ————————-

    Pretty good tap dancing right there. Slide and step.

  42. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    “Why do catchers block the plate with some behemoth bearing down on them? ”

    good catchers are nuts.

    that’s why when it’s the catcher who often initiates hitting batters with purpose pitches, it’s the pitcher hitters attack.

    they’d have to be crazy to turn around and hit the catcher. what does he care about pain? a punch to the head would only make him mad.

    it is important to have a meeting with good hitting catchers though and temper their instinct to initiate contact. they are too valuable to be banged up.

  43. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    “He might be worse than “bad” though. We’ll find out for sure in 2012 with his new team and pitching staff.”

    Well, at least he doesn’t have a lingering physical issue, unlike Romine, which was my original point. I still think Montero will be passable if brought along slowly.

  44. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    even cervelli is tough.

    he just throws like a weenie.

  45. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    A pretty stupid remark by Maddon to be making 3 days into ST. Real class, Maddon. Pay more attention to your own team. This is likely to come back to bight him and the Devil Rays.

    PeteAbe Pete Abraham
    RT @TBTimes_Rays: Maddon says #Rays will not ban beer in their clubhouse: “We’re not the Boston Red Sox.”

  46. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    “You kind of lost me there. What is supposed to be the thing they read in the papers? That Romine has had back problems? And if they knew that, how on earth could they trade away their only ML ready catcher?”

    Huh? You suggested I know something that the Yankees don’t. Yet Romine has had back issues before, as has been reported. There is often a chronicity to back issues. As for your last question, beats me!

  47. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    come back to ***bite***

  48. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    “Well, at least he doesn’t have a lingering physical issue, unlike Romine, which was my original point. I still think Montero will be passable if brought along slowly.”

    The back has a lot parts to it so how do you know it’s a lingering physical issue?

    What you think doesn’t matter, what he does in the majors will be the determining factor.

  49. stuckey February 26th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    “I still think Montero will be passable if brought along slowly.”

    Over/under on games you’ve actually seen Montero catch – 2?

  50. Nick in SF February 26th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    “You suggested I know something that the Yankees don’t.”

    Sorry if I was unclear. I really meant that they know things you don’t know. I don’t think you know anything (about the Yankees) that they don’t know.

  51. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    “The back has a lot parts to it so how do you know it’s a lingering physical issue?”

    OK, I will take your point. I will amend it to recurring, because the back issues have recurred.

    “What you think doesn’t matter, what he does in the majors will be the determining factor.”

    Everything on this blog doesn’t matter. Instead, we all create a fiction in order to engage in a rational discussion.

  52. LGY February 26th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    A pretty stupid remark by Maddon to be making 3 days into ST. Real class, Maddon. Pay more attention to your own team. This is likely to come back to bight him and the Devil Rays.

    PeteAbe Pete Abraham RT @TBTimes_Rays: Maddon says #Rays will not ban beer in their clubhouse: “We’re not the Boston Red Sox.”

    ———

    Maddon mocks the idea of a beer ban everytime he’s asked.

  53. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    “Sorry if I was unclear. I really meant that they know things you don’t know. I don’t think you know anything (about the Yankees) that they don’t know.”

    Sure, we but we offer opinions on their decisions. Otherwise, it’s basically a discussion about how right the Yankees are, which probably gets boring pretty quickly.

  54. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Everything on this blog doesn’t matter. Instead, we all create a fiction in order to engage in a rational discussion

    —————————-
    Err, you lost me at the “rational discussion”. Intended humor?

  55. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    i don’t really like any of the yankee catchers.

    martin is erratic.

    cervelli is a hit dog who can’t throw.

    romine seems to be regressing.

    the next guy down the list who’s interesting is sanchez and that’s gonna be a while.

  56. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Two times with a back injury isn’t recurring. It’s not like he’s gone down 4 or 5 times with it. 10 days the first one and this one in ST. Something to watch out for, perhaps, but, not something to chew your fingernails off down to the quick.

  57. Crawdaddy February 26th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    “Everything on this blog doesn’t matter. Instead, we all create a fiction in order to engage in a rational discussion.”

    You mean irrational discussion. You’ve got Yankee fans on a Yankee fan board hoping and praying to the Baseball Gods that the Yankees were wrong in trading a hitting prospect for a promising starting pitcher.

  58. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    MarcCarig Marc Carig
    Yanks announce that Chris Dickerson cleared waivers. Outrighted off 40 to Triple-A but stays in big league camp.

  59. Bo knows February 26th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Actually, Cervelli hit the ball hard and pumped a few over the fence at the end of last year, just before he got his bell rung. Could possibly be something there.

    The bad throwing has to be injury related. You don’t lose skill from year to year at such a young age.

  60. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    so are the yankees below league average in catching strength now?

    lgy, jerkface, rich in nj-

    war ranking on yankee catchers?

  61. Nick in SF February 26th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    “Sure, we but we offer opinions on their decisions. Otherwise, it’s basically a discussion about how right the Yankees are, which probably gets boring pretty quickly.”

    Rich, whatever point I was making was about the quality of your opinion and comment, not whether you should have any or whether this is the proper forum to express them.

  62. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    “The bad throwing has to be injury related. You don’t lose skill from year to year at such a young age.”

    that makes sense to me. the question is can they fix it.

  63. CompassRosy February 26th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Jesus pops out vs. Felix in the 1st inning..

    (Guti, on the other hand, hit a lead-off homer – told ya he was stronger ;-)

    http://tinyurl.com/7aaxslm

  64. Duh Innings February 26th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    ‘Just read two articles about Nick Swisher’s impending free agency.

    Why don’t the Yanks offer him a one-year $8M contract extension now?

    If he accepted it, the Yanks would save $2.25M for next year (Swisher’s $10.25M for 2012 minus his $8M for 2013) they could put towards signing or re-signing a player. He sacrifices pay for security, peace of mind, remaining a Yankee surrounded by people he genuinely loves and cares about, and remaining in a city/area he loves and I bet will live in at least a good chunk of the year after he retires. He could essentially be the next Paul O’Neill i.e. a guy who re-signs for below market value year to year so he can remain a Yankee, minus the Gatorade/water cooler bashing LOL. That plan didn’t hurt O’Neill who is Yankee royalty. If the Yanks win the 2012 and/or 2013 World Series and Swisher is part of it, he would be right up there with O’Neill, just with one or two less WS rings. I’m talking in terms of strictly winning as he is already beloved by Yankee fans as much as O’Neill was/is, myself included.

    If Granderson and Melky Cabrera have good enough 2012s to be re-signed, the 2013 Yankees OF and DH could be Gardner LF/Granderson CF/Cabrera RF/Swisher DH for upgrades in RF and at DH, and Swisher could serve as the spot start RF as well as the backup 1B (or dual backup 1B with Chavez) he is already.

    This eliminates pressure on both sides:

    Swisher doesn’t have the weight of “walk year” on his mind, the Yanks don’t have the pressure of “Should we re-sign him for two or three years?” on their collective mind.

    A one-year extension probably means Swisher’s days as a Yankee would most likely be numbered as I doubt he’d be the DH beyond 2013 as A-Rod will most likely be that, but big deal. Swisher is delusional if he thinks he’ll be the Yankees RF or DH in 2014. Take away Ibanez and Swisher is the worst of the Yankee outfielders defensively. He’s already the worst starting outfielder defensively. If the Yanks had a kid in the system or someone good enough to start in RF now, Swisher would’ve been the DH, not Ibanez. Don’t be surprised if Andruw Jones pushes Swisher to DH and Ibanez to the bench if he hits well enough. One could argue Jones should be the RF, Swisher the DH now.

    The risk of a one-year extension for the Yanks is Swisher could suck in 2012, but so what? His 2009-11, good things he’ll do in 2012, age, health, conditioning, attitude, and work ethic all add up to a guy who could most certainly have a bounce-back year. One weapon Swisher has to counter a bad HR and RBI season is his OBP. ‘Say he posted only 14 HR and 65 RBI this year but posted a .365 OBP. How many free-agent outfielders or DHs who could post that OBP would be available for 2013 at the cost of Swisher? Not many. Andre Ethier and Shane Victorino will want contracts bigger than the one Aaron Rowand fleeced whoever the hell he signed with into giving him. Ef that, besides let’s see what Granderson and ex-Yankee Melky do in ’12.

    The risk of a one-year extension for Swisher is he could have a typical year as a Yankee or better, but so what? He’d want to produce at the highest level the next year whether he was re-signed for one year or five. Do you see him slacking off in 2013 if he had a solid 2012 then got a two or three year deal? I don’t. If anything I think he’d relish the chance to show MLB he can “do it again” in 2013 and if he does the world would be his oyster as he’d definitely get a nice two or three year contract from some A.L. team.

  65. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    “The bad throwing has to be injury related. You don’t lose skill from year to year at such a young age.”

    that makes sense to me. the question is can they fix it.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Footwork, because of his constant moving around, perhaps?

  66. randy l. February 26th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    gb7-

    his throws tail to right field way too much.

    he needs to get true back spin to get some accuracy.

    maybe he does jump around too much. maybe the game speed up on him , and he’s rushing his throws.

    whatever it is he’s as bad as it gets. its hard to come up with a worse guy at throwing out runners.

  67. Duh Innings February 26th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    To clarify, the only reason I don’t see Swisher the Yanks DH in 2014 is A-Rod will have to be that as I can’t possibly see A-Rod still at 3B then. I don’t see Swisher as the RF then either because he’s an average at best one now, so what’s he gonna be with two more seasons under his belt? I think the best thing he could do is stay on for one more year and see if he can play his way towards a two or three year deal with another class organization like the Yanks. If the As need a DH for 2014 and Swisher has a good 2013, he would be the PERFECT 2014 DH for them. I couldn’t see him signing with any of the division rivals especially Boston or Tampa Bay. His post-Yankee career will most likely be with an A.L. West team.

  68. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Randy, it has to be a mechical thing with Cervelli, but, on offense, he does have a knack for driving in runs. I don’t recall this throwing thing being an issue in the minors, but, never saw the constant jumping around, either.

  69. GreenBeret7 February 26th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    ***mechanical***

  70. tucker February 26th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    There is a shortage of good, free agent outfielders and Swish (supposedly) in the best shape of his life. No way he takes a one-year deal for less than he makes now.

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