Austin Romine hurts thumb catching Chapman warmup pitch, leaves game
Yankees catcher Austin Romine left Saturday’s 8–6 win over the Orioles after hurting his thumb while trying to catch a warmup pitch from closer Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman, a flamethrowing lefthander who throws 100 mph with regularity, bounced a fastball as he readied himself to protect an 8–6 lead in the ninth. Romine appeared to be indecisive about how he would field the ball, ultimately choosing not to backhand it.
As the ball hit his glove, Romine immediately tossed it off, shook his hand, and left for the dugout. He was replaced by Brian McCann.
According to manager Joe Girardi, the issue is with Romine’s thumbnail.
Joe Girardi says Romine hurt a nail - will be evaluated— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 5, 2016
Romine, the team’s backup catcher, has also spent time backing up the now-injured first baseman Mark Teixeira. He went 1-for-3 before exiting to bring his average to .292 on the season.
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