Romine's Injury Precautionary

Austin Romine was having a lot of fun and some immediate success in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Rafters until an injury ended his season prematurely. Romine says the injury isn't anything major and it was more precautionary than anything.

"It's nothing really big," Austin Romine revealed. "I strained my finger a little bit catching a sinker-ball where a guy fouled it off of my thumb. It bent it back pretty good, not enough to need surgery and not enough to have a big concern at all.

"It would have taken a couple of weeks to get back to playing and there's only a couple of weeks left in the season. So instead of risking further injury they just said ‘take the time off, you had a long year. We don't want to push this issue anymore. We want you ready for next year'. It was just a badly jammed thumb."

Playing sparingly in the Hawaiian Winter League last offseason and playing behind San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Romine, who won the Florida State League Hitter of the Year award this past season, had become the priority catcher for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League and he was hitting an even .400 before the injury.

"I was talking to [Brandon] Laird about it and he's going off too," he said. "We were saying ‘this is nothing, this is easier than A-ball last year'. Granted the stuff moves more and they have a better idea of where it's going, but that also allows you to hit better. I was having fun."

He was having so much fun in fact that he almost had to be dragged away from the AFL kicking and screaming.

"It happens all of the time," he said of the injury. "It comes with catching. It probably happens a couple of times every week you play. Sometimes you go through a game and it doesn't happen.

"It's happened so many times and I've played through it so many times that I said to myself ‘that'll go away'. It hurt a lot but this one hurt a little bit more. It just never went away and it got really, really stiff.

"I finished the inning because it would take it to basically be broken for me to come out of the game. They were all having fits with that because I didn't come out . It just stiffened up."

He sat out of a couple of games before ensuing x-rays came back negative. An MRI showed a mild strain but the Yankees weren't going to take any chances so they sent him home early.

"I was bummed," Romine admitted. "The last thing I wanted to do was leave but I have to do what the boss says."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's nothing really big,\" Austin Romine revealed. \"I strained my finger a little bit catching a sinker-ball where a guy fouled it off of my thumb. It bent it back pretty good, not enough to need surgery and not enough to have a big concern at all.
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\r\n\"It would have taken a couple of weeks to get back to playing and there's only a couple of weeks left in the season. So instead of risking further injury they just said ‘take the time off, you had a long year. We don't want to push this issue anymore. We want you ready for next year'. It was just a badly jammed thumb.\"
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\r\nPlaying sparingly in the Hawaiian Winter League last offseason and playing behind San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Romine, who won the Florida State League Hitter of the Year award this past season, had become the priority catcher for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League and he was hitting an even .400 before the injury.
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\r\n\"I was talking to [Brandon] Laird about it and he's going off too,\" he said. \"We were saying ‘this is nothing, this is easier than A-ball last year'. Granted the stuff moves more and they have a better idea of where it's going, but that also allows you to hit better. I was having fun.\"
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\r\nHe was having so much fun in fact that he almost had to be dragged away from the AFL kicking and screaming.
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\r\n\"It happens all of the time,\" he said of the injury. \"It comes with catching. It probably happens a couple of times every week you play. Sometimes you go through a game and it doesn't happen.
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\r\n\"It's happened so many times and I've played through it so many times that I said to myself ‘that'll go away'. It hurt a lot but this one hurt a little bit more. It just never went away and it got really, really stiff.
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\r\n\"I finished the inning because it would take it to basically be broken for me to come out of the game. They were all having fits with that because I didn't come out [immediately]. It just stiffened up.\"
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\r\nHe sat out of a couple of games before ensuing x-rays came back negative. An MRI showed a mild strain but the Yankees weren't going to take any chances so they sent him home early.
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\r\n\"I was bummed,\" Romine admitted. \"The last thing I wanted to do was leave but I have to do what the boss says.\"
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