New York Yankees minor league catcher Austin Romine, of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, had to leave the game Friday night after he was hit in the head with a pitch.
The pitcher — Lester Oliveros of the Minnesota Twins' affiliate Rochester Red Wings — was immediately ejected. Oliveros had just surrendered back-to-back home runs immediately before taking aim at Romine, who fell to the ground in pain.
The benches cleared immediately after the drilling. Romine's condition was unclear after undergoing testing.
Lester Oliveros allowed back-to-back HR and then did this with his next pitch to Austin Romine. pic.twitter.com/emKD61czOS— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) June 13, 2015
Romine battled with John Ryan Murphy for the Yankees' backup catcher job, behind starter Brian McCann, in spring training. Romine — who is batting .242 with four home runs and 22 RBIs — has played 76 big-league games but none this season.