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Yanks option catcher Romine to Triple-A


TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' catching situation appears to have been settled, as the club optioned prospect Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

That suggests that the Yankees' Opening Day catcher will be either Francisco Cervelli or Chris Stewart.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had consistently said that Romine --- the Yankees' No. 18 prospect, according to MLB.com -- was ticketed to begin the year at Triple-A, and since Cervelli and Stewart are both out of Minor League options, Romine was considered a long shot to break camp with the club.

Manager Joe Girardi has said, however, that he would not be surprised if Romine has an impact at the Major League level this year.

Romine's name was among 11 roster moves made by New York on Monday. The club also optioned left-hander Francisco Rondon and right-handers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall to Triple-A.

Left-handers Manny Banuelos and Nik Turley, right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores were optioned to Double-A Trenton, while right-hander Chase Whitley, catcher J.R. Murphy and infielder Luke Murton were reassigned to Minor League camp.

The Yankees now have 52 players in camp (26 pitchers, three catchers, 12 infielders, 10 outfielders and one designated hitter).

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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