Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports that Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn will bat right-handed exclusively when he returns from the injured list. Quinn is currently working his way back from a Grade 2 groin strain.
Quinn, 26, has a meager .684 OPS across 239 plate appearances in the majors. He has fared much better from the right side against left-handed pitching, owning an .811 OPS compared to his .615 OPS as a left-handed hitter facing right-handed pitching.
Quinn said, “Honestly, it’s something I’ve been thinking about my whole career.” Gelb notes that giving up switch-hitting was Quinn’s idea and he approached manager Gabe Kapler with it.
With Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Odúbel Herrera staking claims to starting jobs in the outfield, Quinn will resume a bench role upon his return from the injured list.
The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.
Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.
Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.