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Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.”

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David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that X-rays were negative, but Robertson is expected to undergo an MRI exam as well and will be in a walking boot in the meantime.

Manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that the injury won’t keep Robertson from being ready for Opening Day, but it’s obviously too early to know that with any kind of certainty.

Losing Robertson would be a big blow to the Yankees, as he’s become one of the best, most dominant setup men in baseball and was nearly unhittable last season with a 1.08 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 67 innings working in front of Mariano Rivera. And it might also mean a return to the bullpen for Phil Hughes.

  1. randygnyc - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Although Robertson is a stud, and I’d take him over any closer in baseball, other than Mo, the Yankees have the depth to swallow this brief (hopefully) setback.

    • phukyouk - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      BRIEF being the key word here. anything past April would not be good.

  2. highpowered350 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Mariano never falls down steps

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      And in his mentoring sessions, perhaps he could recommend a good moving company.

      • bigharold - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        It could have been worse. He could have been trimming the hedges.

  3. El Bravo - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I love how Soriano is mentioned once in this article. He is so overpaid.

    • El Bravo - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      *isn’t

  4. pisano - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Noting to be overly concerned about as the Yankees are balls deep in the pen. They could even use Hughes for a brief stint in the seventh or eighth inning.

    • pisano - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Typo:” nothing”

  5. rob0527 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    This just adds Hughes to pen, and Garcia is the 5th starter. This solves the problem in the starting rotation.

  6. cmutimmah - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Hmm… I remember a similar story (All it’s missing is the San Diego wildfire) where Joel Zumaya fell down stairs moving boxes…

    Dear MLB guys, you get paid enough to pay others to move your boxes…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Don’t forget about Clint Barmes’ deer meat fiacso.

  7. protius - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Something doesn’t sound right about the extent of his injuries vis-à-vis the means that caused them. It either was a very short flight of stairs, or he didn’t fall very far, otherwise he would have a lot more damage to report. Don’t you think?

    A Brian Hoch, MLB article quotes Joe Girardi quoting Robertson saying “that he had missed a step and stumbled”, which sounds a whole lot more plausible then falling down a flight of stairs.

  8. sdelmonte - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    But how will this affect Jeter’s batting average? Wally Matthews wants to know!

  9. phukyouk - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    FUUUUUUUUCK!

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    AAA is loaded with arms, and the Yankees already have 2 of the best closers in baseball. This is not good news, but if the Yankees had to see an injury somewhere, this is a pretty good place for it to hit them.

    • protius - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Plumbing maintenance would have been better.

  11. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Poor Brian Cashman. Guy probably spent a few grand on an abortion when he could have just told Louise Neathway to help the bullpen move.

    /I’m a terrible man.

    • protius - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      You’re not a terrible man, you’re an idiot. Brian Cashman is male, why on earth would he need an abortion? Furthermore, Neathway is a AA shortstop, not a relief pitcher.

  12. brian32556 - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Since he pushes off with the right foot, very important that its completely healed before coming back. Otherwise, domino effect of changing motion, injuring arm. Don’t let him come back until June 1st!

  13. buffalomafia - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Hey maybe they can get Bobby Abreu?

    I read he wants to pitch? Lol!

  14. metroplexfrog - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    The Yankees are good but they won’t win it all.

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