Yankees Place Austin Romine on the DL with Back Injury

With a promotion to Triple-A perhaps just a few days away, one of the Yankees top prospects in catcher Austin Romine has landed himself on the disabled list due to a back injury (link).

Romine, 22, was ranked as the 98th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America before the season started. His numbers this year don’t immediately pop out at you, a .351 OBP with a .732 OPS, but they are promising numbers at the Double-A level especially considering they are coming from a strong defensive catcher.

To make things worse he was probably just days away from a promotion to Triple-A that was expected to come as soon as the Yankees promote their top prospect Jesus Montero to the Bronx.

The actually injury has been labeled as inflammation in his disks and the Yankees had not said when they expect him back. Back injuries are nasty for catchers though so unless it really is something minor he could be shutdown for the remainder of the season (there is only one month left in the minor league season). Hopefully surgery is not necessary and he comes back next year 100 percent.

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3 Responses to Yankees Place Austin Romine on the DL with Back Injury

  1. Susan says:

    I'd like to see Austin and Russell Martin split time behind the dish next year and have Montero for our DH and occasional catcher.

  2. Mike S. says:

    One problem is this. With Jeter 37 and Alex 36 as of now, they’ll need more time off the field at DH and less time in the field. It’ll be a delicate balancing act in 2012 and 2013.

  3. Henry says:

    I don't expect Jeter nor Arod to do that much dhing. Jeter doesn't fit the dh role with the bat he has and Arod is so good at 3rd base other than for rest he is good for another 2 or 3 years on the field. I expect Montero to catch. Martin is not much of a hitter and I have doubts the yankees will keep him.

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