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David Robertson could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen this weekend

Jun 11, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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David Robertson has been sidelined for nearly a month with a left oblique strain, but the Yankees could finally have him back in their bullpen for Friday’s series opener against the Nationals.

According to Barry M. Bloom of, Robertson tossed a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance yesterday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is optimistic that he’ll be ready to go after just one more appearance tomorrow.

“We’re just looking for him to have his arm back in shape,” Girardi told Bloom. “Just making sure he can bounce back if he throws a day. I heard no complaints today, so that’s a good thing.”

Robertson was given the first crack at the closer role in the aftermath of Mariano Rivera‘s torn right ACL, but he joined the all-time saves leader on the disabled list less than two weeks later. Of course, Rafael Soriano then took advantage by tossing eight shutout innings while going a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities. While his impressive streak finally came to an end yesterday against the Mets, he’s expected to keep the closer gig upon Robertson’s return.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Fingers crossed. Yankees starting to play reasonably well over the past 2 weeks. Just hope they can ratchet it up a few notches so they can maintain their above average performance. I’ll be glad to get Robertson back.

    • pisano - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      …. agreed, but still not enough hitting with runners in scoring position, hopefully that will improve as the pitching has. Robertson coming back is big.

      • lardin - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        Did you see the game Sunday against the Mets. They had three consecutive singles with runners in scoring position.

        They are getting better. Regression to the mean in inevitable.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Yankees are the worst team in baseball with the bases loaded. This whole series is different if they play just a little bit better. Yanks should have scored 8 or 9 tonight. We should have never had to use our bullpen, at all, except for freddy Garcia. Keeping those guys fresh. Sure, we’ve won 9 of the last 11, but we can’t expect the starters to dominate all season. They’ll probably give up a few runs, here and there. If I was playing the Yankees, I’d just load the bases to start every inning. That way, I’d be sure they’d never score.

    • pisano - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      A little extreme, but your point is well taken.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      “The whole series is different if they play better.”


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