LAKELAND, Fla. — On Friday, Giancarlo Stanton’s face was smothered in dejection about the Grade 1 strain of his right calf that shut him down and placed an Opening Day roster spot in jeopardy.
Judging by what Aaron Boone saw in Stanton’s mug and walk, the left fielder/designated hitter’s mood was brighter on Sunday.
“I passed him in the hallway [at George M. Steinbrenner Field] getting ready to come over [to Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland] and he said he was feeling better,’’ Boone said. “I know [Saturday] was significantly better than the day before as far as his gait goes. He was walking better. He had a smile on his face.’’
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire is high on former Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who left The Bronx as a free agent and landed in Detroit via a one-year deal worth $4.1 million.
Gardenhire’s knowledge of Romine came from what others said about the 31-year-old and people who knew him.
“How professional he is, he is a quiet guy who goes about his business. You don’t have to worry about him,’’ Gardenhire said before the Tigers beat the Yankees, 10-4, Sunday. “When he is called up on he will go out there and do the…