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Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

May 15, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future.


David Robertson‘s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start.

Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record his first save, couldn’t escape another jam in blowing his second save chance, and has been unavailable since May 11 with an oblique/ribcage injury that manager Joe Girardi was able to keep a secret until last night.

And the cat only exited the bag when Rafael Soriano closed out an 8-5 victory in Robertson’s place.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that Robertson is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam and X-rays, but the reliever insisted that he’s “not too concerned” about the injury being a long-term issue.

For now he remains on the active roster and Soriano is the Yankees’ new fill-in closer.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I relaly think that every when he comes back, Soriano is going to do a majority of the closing with Robertson staying in the set up role he’s been so good at.

    • pisano - May 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      I think deathmonkey41 is right, they paid a lot of money for Soriano and he’s a proven closer, so why not.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Anything later than the 7th inning and he’s unavailable

  2. raindog - May 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Come on Cashman. You know you want proven closer Matt Capps.

    • Tim OShenko - May 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM


      • yournuts - May 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        No way Jose.

    • kopy - May 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      I want this to happen so bad, I’ll even refrain from calling him “Proven Closer Matt Collapps.”

      Oh, damn it!

  3. yankeesgameday - May 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Aaron’s not really on top of Yankee news. Girardi never announced Robertson was the official new closer. He said he would take it day by day and see how things went. Robertson being unavailable is just him.being unavailable and Soriano will get more chances to close games. The only story here is really this being just one more hit to the yanks bullpen depth and not a referendum on the failure of the “new closer” because he never really had the job officially in the first place.

    Peace out

  4. jeffersonkostilnick - May 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Make a trade for Pirates Closer Joel Hanrahan

  5. yournuts - May 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I always thought that David Robinson and Rafael Soriano would share the duties. The reason David had a rough outing was his oblique. He has been light out. The Yankees will be fine just the way they are.

    • bigharold - May 16, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      I love Robertson and I think that eventually the closer’s job is his to lose but unless Soriano gets hurt he will not be anointment the closer this year.

      Robertson for all his talent throws far too many pitches to close every day. He’s a swing and miss guy that can’t throw 25-30 pitches 3-4 tiles a week. He’s great coming out of the BP but he has a John Wetland quality in him that could cause him problems. Specifically he makers things a bit too interesting. If you look and Wetland’s numbers as a Yankee versus Robertson’s they are similar.

      One needs to keep in mind that one of the reasons for Rivera’s success was he was economical in his delivery and pitch count all these years, .. it’s one of the main reasons for his longevity. Robertson has yet to master that aspect of the game. And, unless he does he will be nothing more than a 1-3 year stop gap until the next closer is signed or developed. Which, might eventually turn out to be Phil Hughes, if he can’t show his worth as a starter this season. Because, hes already shown he can be successful out of the pen.

  6. buffalomafia - May 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Bring back the GOOSE!

  7. jteekalall - May 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    people need to realize that they is no winning for the yanks this yr. look at their bullpen, its sad. not only for the yanks but for the rest of MLB. why pay these players all this money to them watch them wash out, and its not even mid season yet.

    • yournuts - May 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      I think your misguided jteakalall, the Yanks have not even started hitting yet. They will be fine, right now they are 2 1/2 games out of 1st place. Their pitching staff is beat up but when it comes down to August they will be right there in first place where they belong and the starting pitching will be sorted out and healthy.

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