The catcher of the future doesn’t want to be rude.

So he apologizes. Then he apologizes again.

But Austin Romine doesn’t have time to talk Sunday morning. Not then anyway. He has to get in some extra hitting, first off a tee and then on the field.

Then there’s defensive work the Yankees catcher must do with bench coach Tony Pena.

Most of his teammates haven’t even arrived yet at Yankee Stadium. And Romine knows his name again isn’t in the lineup. But still he’ll be ready.

"That’s what I need to do. I have to do this," he said. "When there’s early hitting, it’s mandatory for me. I catch bullpens during the game. These are my games because I’m not playing [regularly]."

While Romine bides his time on the bench since his April 27 promotion from Class AAA Scranton, the top prospect prepares as if he plays every day. He will get just his second start this season against the Colorado Rockies in a series that begins tonight in Denver.