Austin Romine has a huge opportunity this spring as the Yankees look to fill their starting catching job, yet he dreaded Tuesday’s report date more than ever.
That’s because 10 days ago he and his wife, Alexzandria, welcomed their first child into the world. As exciting as this spring could be for the 24-year-old, leaving 9-day-old Benjamin back home in Southern California was quite difficult.
“Leaving him was tough,” said Romine, who won’t see his wife and son until later in the spring when they fly cross-country to join him in Florida. “I only got to see him for a week; my wife had to kick me out the door.”

Romine reported to camp at 215 pounds, roughly 13 pounds lighter than he was at the end of last season. He “cut out some of the bad stuff” in his diet and worked out all winter after missing a majority of 2012 with a back injury.
“I was a little overweight,” said Romine, who was unable to run for several months after injuring his back last spring. “I just wanted to run; I wanted to lose that weight. . . . Being where I am right now, it’s really helping me out health-wise.”
Romine will battle Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli for the catching job, but he’s not allowing himself to be consumed with that competition.

“Every year, I’m coming in, and I’m trying to be on the team,” Romine said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Joe Girardi wouldn’t say Romine is on “equal footing” with the other two backstops, but the manager seems to have high hopes for the young catcher.
“I don’t see why at some time he couldn’t help us this year. I just don’t know exactly when it will be,” said the manager.

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