Romine plans to be part of Yanks' catching corps

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have said that they expect Austin Romine to begin the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the catching prospect intends to change those plans this spring.

"Definitely, I don't want to go to Triple-A," Romine said. "I want to be on this team, I'm here to show them that I can do it and I'm going to earn it."

Romine, 24, missed most of last season due to a back injury, appearing in just 31 games across three Minor League levels. He said that he lost 13 pounds over the winter and worked hard on core training to avoid similar problems this year.

"I tend not to dwell on the past," Romine said. "I'm here now; I feel great. I missed a lot of ball for a while there. I'm back, and I'm itching to get going."

Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are also bidding for New York's Opening Day catching nod, which manager Joe Girardi has said will be an open 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. I want to be on this team, helping them win a World Series.

"I'm not changing my mindset; I'm going to work hard, show them that I can do it, and wherever they see fit to put me, that's where I'm going to go."