Romine exits with thumb injury against Phils

Romine exits with thumb injury against Phils

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees catcher Austin Romine was forced to exit in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 3-1 victory over the Phillies after being struck on the right thumb with a wild pitch.

The club said that X-rays taken at an area hospital were negative.

Romine was clipped by an errant offering with right-hander Chad Green on the mound. Kyle Higashioka replaced Romine behind the plate.

Higashioka and Romine are competing to serve as the backup to Gary Sanchez this season. Romine is having a solid spring at the plate (8-for-25, .320), as is Higashioka (6-for-14, .429).

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.