This season is a big one in determining how quickly Romine becomes the future. He is off to a bad start though as it came out that he will start the season on the DL and Joe Girardi told Mike Francesa on WFAN on Wednesday that Romine could even be out for a couple of months.
The problem is that Romine has a small disc issue in his back, the Yankees shut him down and gave him an epidural 10-14 days ago, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. This injury though has lingered since last August when he injured his back sleeping on a team bus.
Nobody has mentioned it yet, but because this injury has lingered so much it raises fears that Romine may need surgery. If that happens it would have pretty big ramifications to the Yankees future. Mainly, it could mean the Yankees would be forced to re-sign Martin at the end of the season which might potentially eat up any money the Yankees could use on Nick Swisher as they try to get payroll down to $189 million by 2014.