MLB Spring Training: NY Yankees' David Robertson Has Sight Set on Opening Day

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIMarch 14, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees celebrates after getting out of an eighth inning jam against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 21, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson gave us all quite a scare when the news broke that he fell down the stairs at his spring training home and injured his foot.

He sustained a bone bruise on his right foot and began to use a walking boot and crutches.

Yankee fans got the wind knocked out of them as if they were punched in the gut when they heard the news.

No one knows what the future will bring, but many believe that Robertson is the likely replacement who will fill the role of closer when New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera decides to retire.

Over four seasons with NY, he has pitched 202 innings with a win-loss record of 14-6, 270 strikeouts and a 3.03 ERA.

Robertson showed some good signs on Monday, as he shed the walking boot and crutches for five minutes on George M. Steinbrenner Field and played catch.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to see how Robertson's foot responds over the next three or four days, as they increase his physical activity.

He will require some treatment to get himself back into game shape, and Girardi is not willing to jeopardize Robertson's beginning of the season.

Robertson believes that he will be ready for Opening Day, assuming that he has no setbacks.

His injury appears to be minor, and if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he should be back to optimal health fairly soon.

Yankee fans need to take a deep, cleansing breath. He'll be fine.