Andrew Romine officially added center field to his Major League resume Tuesday night, when he took over for the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-3 loss to the Indians. He has two more positions left to play -- right field and catcher -- to fill out the diamond for his big league career. He wants all nine. "I'm trying to get them all. I mean, at this point, why not? I only need two more," he said. Moreover, he wouldn't mind playing them all in the same game someday before his career is through. Romine has worked on outfield duty the past couple of years, and he played two games in left last season. But it took a roster depth issue with the Tigers carrying 13 pitchers to create the opportunity in center, where Tyler Collins' demotion to Triple-A Toledo last week means Anthony Gose has no obvious backup. Thus, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-hit for Gose with two on and two out in the eighth inning, Romine's chance had arrived. He found his outfield glove, took off for the depths of Progressive Field and played out the inning. Once he grew comfortable with the surroundings, he said, it wasn't intimidating at all. At that point, ironically, Romine would've also been a turn of James McCann's right ankle away from adding catcher to his career ledger as well, with Saltalamacchia out. Romine has been the emergency catcher since last season, and he has made a point to catch bullpen sessions and between-inning warmups to keep his skills fresh.
Andrew Romine will play all nine positions on Sunday
MLB.com | Sep 27