MLB Spring Training 2012: Yankees Prospect Austin Romine out with Back Soreness

Bill Ford@billfordwritesCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2012

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Austin Romine #84 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine will miss a day of spring training, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Romine experienced some back soreness on Thursday during a workout session with pitchers and catchers in spring training. His soreness appears to be minimal, and he should be back training quickly.

He is on the Yankees' 40-man roster for spring training. Francisco Cervelli is the likely backup catcher for Russell Martin, assuming that he remains healthy.

Romine will most likely start 2012 playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he could receive a call-up to the majors later in the season.

In 2010, Baseball America listed Romine as the Yankees' second-best prospect in their minor league system.

In the 2011 season, playing in both Double-A and Triple-A, Romine played in 89 games, getting 98 hits, 13 doubles, six home runs and 48 RBI with a .279 batting average.

Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy are other top catching prospects in the Yankees' farm system, but Romine is the furthest along in development and already made his MLB debut last September.

Yankees catchers Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli were both injured and the Yankees needed a replacement.

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Romine will get an opportunity to demonstrate his defensive and offensive skills throughout spring training.

With another season in Triple-A to further develop and refine those skills, a probable call-up in September will give him more experience playing with and against more seasoned veterans.

Once he gets back into spring training after a day or so of rest, keep an eye on his progress. He will very likely have a phenomenal 2012 season.