It’s been pretty hard to ignore how productive Kyle Higashioka has been in Spring Training this year.
“I think we all thought going in that Romine had a leg up because of what he did last year and I still feel that way,” Girardi said after Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. “Romine has played well. [Higashioka] has played well. I’ll give him that. … But I think it’s been looked at as Romine has probably been the guy.”
Romine hasn’t played since Wednesday night after his hand was clipped on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. He immediately underwent x-rays which came back negative. Romine was later diagnosed with a bone contusion and will be day-to-day. The Yankees hope they can have Romine back by Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach.
Romine enters the season without minor-league options, making the Yankees decision to keep him at the Major League level fairly easy. As for Higashioka, the Yankees anticipate he’ll start the season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.