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Montero, Romine sent down by Yanks

Montero, Romine sent down by Yanks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Though the Yankees never got on the field on Sunday against the Tigers, there was activity in the home clubhouse, as catchers Jesus Montero and Austin Romine were reassigned to Minor League camp, along with outfielders Colin Curtis and Reid Gorecki.

Montero, 20, was 3-for-8 with two doubles during Grapefruit League play for the Yankees and is slated to open the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees would prefer to see him use 2010 as a complete developmental year, but Montero's power bat may make him difficult to keep down.

"I hope they give me the opportunity as quick as they can, you know?" Montero said. "Whatever they're going to do with me, just do it. ... I'm just trying to get my swing good, get better every single day. I'm trying to work on my catching every single day, and focus on that. Hitting, I'm just keeping my routines every single day."

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Romine, 21, was 2-for-11 in Grapefruit League play and is regarded as a solid all-around catching prospect, having improved his offensive performance in 2009 to go along with an already sharp defensive reputation. He is slated to begin the season at Double-A Trenton.

"You can always hit higher," said Romine, who batted .276 for Class A Tampa in 2009. "I always shoot for about .300. It's a big mark. I also want to control the staff in Double-A and build upon those relationships. Everything kind of flowed, and I liked that."

Manager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees have a bright future ahead with both Montero and Romine in the chain.

"They need to go play and mature and learn the finer points of catching and the pitcher-catcher relationship," Girardi said. "I was impressed with both of them -- their work, their ability to take what you give them and try to apply it in games. Those guys just need to play. They're young good-looking prospects."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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