Yankees choose Murphy over Romine for back-up catcher job

John Ryan Murphy

The final competition in Spring Training has seemed to have ironed itself out, with the Yankees choosing John Ryan Murphy over Austin Romine as the back-up catcher. Romine, who is currently out of options, has been designated for assignment, meaning the Yankees have a few days to either trade him or take the chance and pass him through waivers. The decision for the back-up job wasn’t easy as stated by manager Joe Girardi.

“I said this was going to be a really tough decision,” Girardi said. “Austin was prepared. Worked extremely hard this winter to earn the job. And he had a tough camp. It’s hard, because he’s been with us a long time and there’s feelings for the kid and you want to see him do well, but it’s just the nature of the game.”

— The Yankees also made the following moves after today’s game against the Washington Nationals.

  • Placed INF Jose Pirela on the 7-day concussion disabled list (retroactive to 4/2).
  • Placed INF Brendan Ryan on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 4/1) with a right calf strain.
  • Placed RHP Chris Capuano on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 3/27) with a right quad strain.
  • Placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 3/27) with right ulnar collateral reconstruction performed on 4/29/14.
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