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Yankees activate David Robertson from the disabled list

Apr 22, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Yankees closer David Robertson is back from the disabled list after missing the past two weeks with a strained groin.

Shawn Kelley was the primary fill-in for Robertson, who took over the closer role on a full-time basis after five seasons as Mariano Rivera’s setup man. He made an appearance in extended spring training over the weekend to convince the Yankees he was ready to return.

If he can stay healthy Robertson has a chance to immediately emerge as one of the best closers in baseball. At age 29 he has a 2.74 ERA and 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, including a 2.04 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings last year.

  1. pisano - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Not that they don’t need him, but Kelly did a great job, he seemed to have no problem. This will only make their pen stronger. It’ll be hard getting past Kelly and Robertson in the eighth and ninth.

  2. brandotho - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Waiting for the avalanche of columns in New York saying he can’t close and Kelley should be the guy as soon as he blows a save this week

  3. 18thstreet - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    According to Cot’s, he’s a free agent after this year.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Bring back Steve Farr- his mustache is still strong.

  5. mikhelb - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I don’t remember Robertson being Mariano’s setup man for five years, in 2013 and 2011 yes, in 2012 he was Soriano’s setup, and from 2008-2010 he was just part of the bullpen (in relief Joba and Hughes at one point were higher in the food chain).

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