David Robertson Injury: Updates on Yankees Pitcher's Groin and Return

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 7, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

The Yankees' official Twitter feed has an update on Robertson's return to the lineup:

Updates from Saturday, April 19

Mike Feinsand of The New York Daily News has the latest on Robertson:

Updates from Wednesday, April 16

Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports when David Robertson expects to return to the mound:

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New York Yankees closer David Robertson is headed to the disabled list after suffering a strained groin, according to USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale:

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the injury occurred during Sunday's 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, in which Robertson picked up his second save of the season:

Robertson spoke about the injury (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com and Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal):

The right-hander, who will turn 29 on Wednesday, is in the midst of his seventh season with the Yankees and his first as the full-time closer. Robertson has two saves in three appearances since the regular-season began a week ago and has allowed just one hit and zero earned runs in three innings pitched.    

Manager Joe Girardi mentioned right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley as one potential replacement who could take over closing duties in Robertson's absence, according to The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi:

Kelley earned his first career save in the team's 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Girardi also added some additional names to monitor, per Yankees reporter Kenny Ducey

It remains to be seen how long the Yankees will be without Robertson. But it's clear that Girardi will be hoping for a speedy recovery. After all, Robertson was off to a strong start prior to going down, and the team will need him in 2014 to compete in the talented American League East. 

Regardless of when he returns, Robertson will have some massive shoes to fill—namely, Mariano Rivera's. The legendary closer recorded 652 saves over a nearly two-decade-long career with the Pinstripes. Meanwhile, Robertson has just 10 career saves.