They weren’t very likely to make the team out of spring training anyway, but a pair of Yankees, Russell Branyan and Austin Romine, have made it even harder on themselves as they have come down with back injuries.
Romine has already been out with a back injuries since Feb. 26, but now Branyan is going to be sitting out with back spasms, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Because of the nature of the injury, neither player has a good idea of when they will be back, but it could be at least a week or two in both cases.
Romine enters spring training as the third catcher on the depth chart. If they needed another catcher in the Bronx, he’d be their man. However if Romine is dealing with back injuries the Yankees may become cautious with rushing him back. If they needed another catcher they would probably go to Gustavo Molina before Romine until he can prove to be 100 percent ready.
Branyan was really only signed for insurance in case they didn’t land a left handed DH that they eventually got in Raul Ibanez. Still, there could have been a spot for him if Ibanez came down with an injury or just proved to be inadequate offensively at 39-years-old. Now Branyan is on the shelf with sore back, setting himself behind the rest of the team offensively. As he is a DH and not a catcher, he certainly would have time to make an impression if he comes back quickly.