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:
Robertson faced five batters. Single, three ground balls and a strikeout. 16 pitches, 12 strikes.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 19, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports when David Robertson expects to return to the mound:
David Robertson is scheduled to throw off a mound Thurs. Still plans on being ready to be activated when eligible next Tue.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) April 16, 2014
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:
David Robertson has strained groin and is headed to the DL. #Yankees— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 7, 2014
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's groin injury happened Sunday, but he didn't mention it to Girardi until he came in Monday and was still sore.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 7, 2014
Robertson spoke about the injury (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com and Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal):
Robertson said he thinks he will be back in the minimum 15 days.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 7, 2014
Robertson said he felt discomfort in last toronto game Woke up this morning & it wasnt better. Doesnt expect it will take more than 15 days.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) April 7, 2014
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:
Girardi said shawn kelley will be first option to close going forward— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) April 7, 2014
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:
Girardi says Warren, Nuno, and Phelps will be in the mix for saves.— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) April 7, 2014
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.