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David Robertson is still weeks away from rejoining Yankees

May 31, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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David Robertson has been out since May 11 with a strained oblique muscle and today general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees reliever is at least two weeks from potentially coming off the disabled list.

Robertson was manager Joe Girardi’s initial choice to replace Mariano Rivera as closer, but by the time he returns Rafael Soriano may have a pretty firm grip on the job. Soriano is 6-for-6 converting saves while allowing just one run in seven appearances since taking over for Robertson, and overall this season he has a 1.96 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings.

That’s a moot point for now, as Robertson hasn’t even resumed throwing yet. When asked about his potential return timetable, Cashman replied: “I would shoot for not earlier than mid-June.”

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