As April has turned into May, the New York Yankees have been hit with a rash of injuries which have forced manager Joe Girardi into piecing together the starting lineup on an almost-daily basis.
In spite of those setbacks, the "Bronx Bombers" have managed to remain within one and a half games of the American League East Division-leading Baltimore Orioles.
Part of the reason for their success has been the team's bullpen. In riding superb starts to the young season by David Robertson, Cory Wade, Rafael Soriano, and Boone Logan the team has been able to weather injuries to the likes of Mariano Rivera, Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, and Nick Swisher.
In short, the bullpen has been the reason the New York Yankees remain in striking distance to the front-runners.
With news that Robertson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing soreness in his rib cage/oblique area for the better part of the last three days, questions arise as to what the stint on the DL for the 27-year-old means to the rest of the relievers.
RHP David Robertson placed on 15-day DL with left oblique strain; RHP Cody Eppley recalled from SWB: atmlb.com/JeP6BE— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 15, 2012
A closer look at the 'pen reveals that the team may be able to survive yet another star losing playing time to injury.