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David Robertson sheds walking boot, plays catch without pain

Mar 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

New York Yankees Robertson stretches during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

David Robertson gave the Yankees quite the scare last week after falling down some stairs and suffering a bone bruise in his right foot, but early indications are that he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Robertson was able to ditch his walking boot this afternoon and played catch without pain. While it’s unclear when he’ll be cleared to resume throwing off a mound, he expressed confidence that he’ll be in the Yankees’ bullpen for the season opener against the Rays on April 6.

As long as I don’t have any setbacks, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be, he said.

Robertson, who turns 27 in April, was one of the best relievers in the game last season, posting a microscopic 1.08 ERA and a dominant 100/35 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings while setting up for Mariano Rivera.

  1. buffalomafia - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Wheeeeeew!

  2. capone888 - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    See that? That was the bullet, and it was dodged!

  3. humanexcrement - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    If Joba comes back strong, the combination of Robertson, Chamberlain, Soriano and Rivera is fucking intimidating.

    • pisano - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      ….. and don’t forget Corey Wade , Boone Logan, and either Clay Rapada, or Cesar Cabral, plenty of arms to choose from.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM

        My friend Cabral has been struggling. He’s going to have to pick it up a notch or 2 if he hopes to make the cut and head north in April

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I bet with that walking boot on, his K/9 would drop all the way down to around 10! If the Yankees are the evil empire, then witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL [setup man]!

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