David Robertson diagnosed with bone bruise, could be back soon

Where Are They Now: Steve Swindal
Pineda up to 93 mph

Jack Curry reports that David Robertson has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his injured left foot. This is a hugh sigh of relief for the Yankees. Robertson will remain in his walking boot until Monday, and then will work his way back. Additionally Joe Girardi believe Robertson could be ready for the season opener.

Where Are They Now: Steve Swindal
Pineda up to 93 mph
  • PinedaColada

    Thank god! Now don’t rush him back

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Everyone can step back away from the ledge now.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      It’s a long way down, but I like the view. OK, backing away slowly now ….

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Don’t worry, the first time Mo blows a couple of saves or they lose a series to the Red Sox, we’ll be looking at that view again.

  • thenamestsam

    Big sigh of relief. Hopefully he’ll be ready for opening day.

  • Rookie

    A boot was used for a bone bruise?!?

    Either someone is being cautious beyond comprehension (which I’m definitely all for) or it’s more than a bone bruise.

    Although I hope it’s the former, for several different reasons it’s much easier for me to believe that it’s the latter.

    If he winds up starting the year with the big club and pitches effectively, I’ll conclude it’s a bone bruise. If it’s a ligament strain, it’s hard for me to imagine Robertson being effective for a month or two.

    I had a ligament strain in my ankle and had to give up basketball — and I know someone who had to do the same with soccer — because it made the ankle prone to recurring injury.

    Has anyone else ever heard of anyone wearing a protective boot for a bone bruise?!

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yes I have.

      A bone bruise can be a very painful injury and it takes a while for the pain to completely resolve.

      The boot was probably overkill but the safe thing to do until they knew the extend of the injury.

      • Rookie

        I agree completely, MB. But isn’t that totally out of character for the Yankees? Based on their past response to such things, I would expect them to give him an extra day off.

        And of course, players have a tendency to downplay injuries, too.

        I would love it if it proves to be evidence of a newfound better safe than sorry attitude by the Yankees.

        Again, if he starts the year with the big club and is effective, I’ll assume that’s what it is.

        By the way, even if it is only a bone bruise, I think the smart thing to do would be to wait until they’re sure any discomfort resulting from it doesn’t cause him to alter his mechanics and cause other injuries. Again, better safe than sorry. Maybe having him on the DL would give them extra time to get a longer look at Meyers — assuming he’s recovered sufficiently from his off-season injury (from a somewhat similar accident, too, as I recall?).

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I think the Yankees are usually pretty cautious when it comes to injuries and I agree I certainly wouldn’t let Robertson pitch if he were still having significant pain.

    • Genghis

      Yes, i was given one for a bone bruise, as the cushion reduced the pain. I chose not to wear it, ’cause I’m one tough hombre.

      • Rookie

        Thanks, MB and Genghis. I had no idea….

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Genghis, you’ve always been a tough guy, even back in the day when you were massacring civilian populations and taking over most of Eurasia, building the Mongol Empire …

  • neo

    I trust the Yankees Medical staff and am glad they are cautious. My first thought on hearing Bone Bruise was Ike Davis’ freak injury last year which was originally diagnosed that way and ended up costing him the season. But the Mets suck at the medical stuff. Better to be super careful and use a boot even if it is overkill.

    • Rookie

      Amen and amen.

      • Rookie

        Well, amen and amen to being super careful and using a boot even if it is overkill.

        I don’t have a good sense of the Yankees’ medical staff pro or con except that I sometimes think the team seems to have players playing/pitchers pitching when they’re, in my opinion, obviously injured and sometimes confirm that was so later or seemingly further aggravate the injury.

        But I can’t possibly know how much of that is the medical staff, how much is the team, and how much is the player.

  • flamingo

    Phew! I was getting sick of the radio announcers making ominous remarks about his injury coupled with the fact that he’s Mo’s “heir apparent”.

    (I’m also, you know, glad he’s facing the best-case scenario for both his sake and the team’s.)

  • Eirias

    Funny, I was informed last night on RAB that this was clearly, obviously a lisfranc fracture. Odd how diagnosing conditions without access to any patient information beyond a few symptoms, to say nothing of having access to the regular and weight-bearing MRIs, can turn out to be wrong.

    I certainly hope a bone bruise is the extent of Robertson’s injury, those high socks are irreplaceable, but caution both in diagnosis and recovery should be the name of the game.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      First, that was a comment, not a RAB post. It’s up to you to decide if what you read in the comments is true.

      Second, to my knowledge, the RABbis do not communicate directly with the Yankee brass, so even if it was in a post, which it wasn’t, it would just be them passing along information that they obtained second hand.

      • Eirias

        I wasn’t referring to the RAB writers. I was referring to the inanity of commenters playing armchair doctor with incomplete information.

  • JoeyA

    The thorough testing is a testament to the Yankees intelligence and learning from mistakes.

    I think too many times, a serious injury arises after a “bone bruise” or another mild type of injury.

    With it being ST, take the time, get the tests done, and make sure there’s no small crack or anything. with it being the push-off foot, Yanks could lose him for the season if it lingers and fractures later on.

    Awesome news.

  • Robert

    They need to give all the time it needs to heal so that it doesn’t turn into a issue like Beltran’s did a few years ago.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Good to see he be believe that

  • http://riveravenueblues.com dan scabet

    the switch hitting center fielder looks good, does he fit in thier future plans

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Curses, foiled again!

    Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    • Havok9120

      Still funny.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I might have to change my screenname again.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          That’ll be a short-lived name.

          • Havok9120

            It’ll be sooooo worth it though.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Like this one isn’t? :)

  • Monterowasdinero

    Banuelos looked good yesterday. 95 mph fb, low 90’s slider, and 2 curves in low and high 70’s. The man/kid has ridiculous upside.

    • DM

      Yes, and he looks like a pitcher, not a thrower like Betances.

      There’s a big difference between their respective control issues. Banuelos just misses while Betances doesn’t know where the ball is going.

      • Monterowasdinero

        This is very true. It has nothing to do with size since we have 2 huge guys (CC and Pineda) who have great control and know how to pitch.

        Betances needs to square up more at his release point even if it means losing a little speed off his fb. No way he will succeed otherwise. 94-96 mph on the fb is better than 97-99 with no idea where it’s going.

        • whozat

          Just because there exist two large players that have good control does not mean that being large is not an additional obstacle to developing a repeatable delivery. They demonstrate that it is possible to overcome this obstacle, but not that it does not exist.

          • DM

            I think the issue with Betances is that he’s not particularly athletic. He’s a worker and a “good kid” by all accounts, so you keep trying but I was contrasting him with Banuelos who has touch and knows how to pitch. Personally, I don’t see DB as a starter long-term. I agree with some scouts that think he’s destined for short relief. You could simplify things both mentally and physically then — less need to mix pitches. It might be better for him to throw his gas 85-90% of the time and say, “Here, hit it.” for an inning than trying to navigate a start.

            I don’t have a great read on Pineda yet but he seems smoother and more athletic than Betances. And despite CC’s size, he’s clearly an exceptional athlete. Don’t let the gut fool you. The big man can move — and more importantly, he knows how to pitch. He’s not a thrower.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            Good point.

            There’s also the time factor. Just because Betances hasn’t harnessed his control by age 24 doesn’t mean he never will.

            It wasn’t until he was 29 that Randy Johnson finally found some semblance of control.

            Again, not saying he will, just that 1) it’s possible and 2) it may take some time.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              Agree entirely with your post.

        • Banuelosisbueno

          My time is coming.

          • Monterowasdinero

            Not bad.


      • Jesse

        Yeah, I remember Banuelos misses by a hair a couple of times with some backdoor curves and just missed on a couple of fastballs.

        • DM

          I’m not a gushy over-zealous Yankee fan — but I think this guy is the real deal. I love the arm slot and the rest of his mechanics. I think he can stay healthy (arm/shoulder wise) b/c of it. He just needs some more time in the oven — and he has a savvy pitcher’s strut already — not in the dickhead way — in the competitor way (like Nova showed last year, only better). Without much of a stretch, I can realistically see a front 4 of CC, Pineda, Nova, Banuelos for a long time. You can have a revolving door of the rest of the AAA guys or a low-moderate cost veteran (or Hughes) for the last spot. We all hope for things to unfurl as best case — but this seems like a better bet than most cases I’ve seen over the years. Banuelos doesn’t have to be great, he just has to stick in the middle somewhere. I think he will. He’s only a half-step away right now — and despite being younger, he looks way ahead the rest of those AAA names (including Betances), imo.

  • Kevin

    Better to be very safe than very sorry. Ike Davis had a bone bruise too…and it ended up turning into a season ending injury.

  • Havok9120

    Twenty hours without a post, no open thread last night, and the chat took such an odd turn yesterday….

    Man…Mike skips town and the whole operation goes to Hell.


    • AWESOME Mike

      no seriously though i think i need top step in

    • RetroRob

      It is odd. Even the weekend writers have disappeared.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        It’s a veritable ghost town!

        • Plank

          There isn’t really any news during spring training. There have been multiple threads about Robertson’s bruised foot.

  • DM

    Technical difficulties?