It became pretty clear pretty early that Austin Romine was not going to make the big league roster out of spring training.
“Once I figured out that wasn’t the route that was going to be taken, it was about just getting my at-bats at Triple-A, start getting into a good position to show them that I can come up here,” Romine said. “Then unfortunately things happen, and now I’ve got a chance to show them what I can do.”
Romine is back in New York after getting a taste in 2011 and basically losing a year in 2012. He was hitting in Triple-A, and now it seems playing time is legitimately up for grabs. If he plays well, Romine will play often.
“I always had a positive outlook,” he said. “I knew I was going to get back. Once I saw some doctors and they said we could fix (the back issue) without surgery, that really put my hopes up high. It really took a lot of hard work to get back to playing. I got a month in at the end of last year, but that was only because I spent five months doing a lot of core (workouts), and getting my back strong. At times it was mentally frustrating, but I knew what I had to do.
“… I’ve only been here a couple hours, but (Joe Girardi) said, ‘Be ready, you’re going to catch. You’re going to get some time, so be ready.’ And now my job is to get to know these pitchers and be ready for it.”
• Kevin Youkilis came through batting practice and will stay in the lineup. This is the first time he’s played since last Saturday when he was pulled mid-game in Toronto.
• Ivan Nova said he most felt the pain in his triceps when he threw a curveball yesterday. He said he didn’t really feel it on fastballs.
• The Yankees didn’t immediately tell Nova he was going on the disabled list, but he wasn’t surprised. “I don’t want to take a chance with my career,” he said. “I want to be pitching and trying to do my best, but if I’m like that, I can’t pitch and hurt my team. I knew when I saw Nuno over there, something’s going on. They don’t tell me but I knew, you know?”
• No cortisone shot for Nova. “That’s a needle,” he said. “I don’t like needles.”
• Deciding who catches game by game, Joe Girardi said he’s going to play it by ear for a while. Might not necessarily keep each catcher with specific pitchers. “I like to try to keep it consistent as much as I can,” he said. “But our schedule doesn’t always allow that. And sometimes a guy getting nicked up doesn’t always allow that. Kind of like what we’ve done this first part of the year, we’ll just kind of go with the flow a little bit. … I want (Romine) to get familiar with the guys that are here. He has a sense of who they are. He’s had a chance to catch all of them at some point in spring training, whether it was a side or a game in the minor leagues, but you want him to be familiar with the guys.”
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