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New York Yankees: David Robertson Lands on DL as Bullpen Takes Another Blow

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 4:  David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium May 4, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Yankees won 6-2. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst IMay 15, 2012

The Yankees bullpen is not looking too good right now.

First, Joba Chamberlain with the dislocated ankle. Then, Mariano Rivera with the torn ACL,

Now, according to Bryan Hoch of, David Robertson will be put on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Cody Eppley will be recalled from Class AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in place of Robertson.

Robertson was having a great start to the 2012 season with an 0-1 record and a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings with 24 strikeouts.

After Rivera was shelved for the entire season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to go with both Robertson and Rafael Soriano as temporary closers without giving either one the official role.

But with Robertson now on the shelf for the next couple of weeks, that leaves Soriano as the closer by default. Now, the Yankees will need to find a temporary solution for the setup role.

The Yankees can go with guys like Cory Wade or David Phelps to see if they can excel as the setup man, for now.

Or, if Brian Cashman really feels the need, he could look into a trade for a reliever.

Last year, the Yankees went through the same situation with the bullpen, with Damaso Marte, Pedro Feliciano, Soriano and Chamberlain all suffering injuries, which got Robertson the opportunity to be the setup man for Rivera.

The Yankees can only hope that Robertson's injury isn't that serious and he'll be back at full strength once he's eligible to come off the DL.

If the Yankees want any hope of making the postseason and winning another championship, they will need Robertson healthy.

It's a rough injury for the Yankees to have. Hopefully, it's only temporary and nothing serious,

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.

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