Austin Romine has suffered a setback in his recovery from a back injury and likely won’t be ready for the start of the Triple-A season.
Having already missed every spring training game, Romine was finally going through drills again when he felt a “little pinch” in his back. Joe Girardi wasn’t sure whether it happened Monday or Tuesday, but it’s clearly bad news for the Yankees catching prospect.
“I think it’s going to be hard for him to start on time,” Girardi said.
Romine has been dealing with back issues since last season, and he was shutdown early this spring because of inflammation in his back. Long after Romine reported that the soreness had gone, the Yankees kept him on a rehab and treatment program in an attempt to get rid of the problem for good. He seemed to be making progress until this week.
“He doesn’t feel great,” Girardi said.
The Romine setback would seem to explain today’s announcement that the Yankees have claimed catcher Craig Tatum off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Tatum seems to replace Romine in terms of upper-level catching depth.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Here’s an unexpected twist: A Yankees source just told me Tatum is out of options, meaning he can’t be sent to Triple-A.