Update: Yanks recall Eppley, Robertson headed to DL


4:04pm: It’s official, Robertson has been placed on the DL with a strained left oblique. That bites. He’s not going to pick up a ball for 7-10 days.

3:47pm: Via Marc Carig, right-hander Cody Eppley is back with the Yankees and Robertson is not on the team’s active player list for today. That almost certainly means he’s headed for the DL.

12:30pm: Via Bryan Hoch, setup man/temporary closer David Robertson underwent an MRI this morning and the team is still awaiting results on his injured ribcage. Hopefully we get some news when Joe Girardi speaks to the media prior to tonight’s game. The test was performed in New York, so Robertson is not with the team at the moment. Baltimore’s not exactly a long trip, however.


  1. DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

    We have had a respite from torn obliques but is it time to revisit last year’s favorite injury?

  2. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I hope the imaging center is giving the Yankees a group rate on MRIs. Every time you turn around, it seems someone else is headed for the tube.

  3. #28 in 2012 says:

    With all the old guys on the team, for the exception of Mo’s freak injury, its the young guys going on DL this year.

    Fingers crossed, please DRob, be minor stuff…

  4. Juke Early says:

    I’ve been keeping a low profile because I can’t find where my razor blades are. But holy crap, Yankees & Red Sux have to be leading both leagues in players on the DL. Not exactly the category to pimp.

  5. Ton Lon ton says:

    Me. Believes there must be a sinister conspiracy at work here possibly conseco!

  6. A.D. says:

    Would be nice to be able to just put D-Rob or Nova on a 7 day DL, wonder how long/what’s in place to keep teams from phantom concussions

    • Mike Axisa says:

      MLB reviews the concussion tests and must clear a player. I suppose they could send them the tests and say hey he’s healthy, but that might be sketchy.

      • A.D. says:

        You would figure easy to clear someone that doesn’t in fact have a concussion, and could you really blame a team for being too careful?

        • Ted Nelson says:

          I doubt MLB would clear it. There was no on-field incident that would lead to a concussion for either, but there were clear on-field or tested injuries that would lead to DLing either. If the player was concussed off field after those issues… they would seem to be superseded as the reason for going on the DL.

          They could lie about injuries like the oblique, but when it’s revealed that Robertson is going for oblique testing while on the DL for a concussion… Yankees would probably be in a world of both PR and league sanction trouble. Probably not worth the risk for a week of a reliever, even a great one.

          • A.D. says:

            Certainly makes sense as a control here, where there is the trail of the oblique injury… but take a “tweaked” hamstring where they don’t go for testing but just let it rest, possibility to exploit the 7 day

            • Ted Nelson says:

              I suppose it could be done unless there’s anything about the concussion having to occur on the field in the rule. The risk of getting caught is still there, though, and I don’t know what the punishment is. One thing to consider is whether the PR fall-out from being considered “cheaters” after spygate hurt the Patriots financially or not. (I have no idea if it did or didn’t.)

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        So what if, after he turned his ankle, Girardi went up to Nova and said, “hey, no one’s looking. Head butt me, like, really hard.” Would that work?

  7. Kevin says:

    Did he fall down the stairs again?

  8. Naved says:

    What’s our pitching staff looking right now? Any chance at all if Betances or ManBan getting called up?

    • crawdaddie says:

      They need to stay where they are to work on becoming major league pitchers when they’re ready to be so.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Why, after seeing the last generation rushed through the system, are we calling for this generation, neither of which are either physical freaks or tearing it up, to also be rushed to the majors when there are a handful of pitchers well ahead of them on the depth chart?

  9. Kruk That Noise says:

    Cody Eppely is the backup plan?

    That’s some good roster management work there, Lou.

      • Kruk That Noise says:

        It’s a Simpson’s reference (see Chief Wiggum).

        Given a huge budget and years to construct contingency plans, the best they have to fall back on is Cody Eppley? It just doesn’t compute.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          He’s their ninth reliever. Who would you like them to call up when the closer and setup man get hurt?

          • crawdaddie says:

            Great comment! I do wonder about some fans and how they like to spend money on relievers.

          • Kruk That Noise says:

            It’s a knee-jerk reaction, but what the hell? This hit parade of injuries just has me flummoxed.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Not the first time I’ve seen it, and there’s always a team or two that suffers through this every season. It happens. It’s as much a battle of attrition than anything else.

              Cody Eppley does not directly replace David Robertson under any stretch of the imagination.

          • Midland TX says:

            I still want to see a bullpen that includes Putz, Wang, Johnson, and Wood.

        • Kevin M. says:

          What an incredibly stupid comment.

          Please explain how having a large payroll should obviate the need for a Codey Eppler? We lost 3 late inning relievers (4 if you count Feliciano) to injuries…should we have signed an overpriced “closer” to come here in case our top 3 relievers all go down? And how should we cut payroll to add another “closer”? Dump Swisher? Not re-sign Chavez and Jones?

          • Tyrone Sharpton says:

            Just because Mike feels one way, doesn’t mean the other comment is stupid. I hate when people do that on this board. What about Brandon Pinder? They should try breaking in a young player for this “ninth reliever” spot, just to let the player grow and possibly succeed in a mop up role, initially; if he does well, promote him, and if not, just send him back down for more grooming. Someone young like Pinder prob has more upside than Eppley

            • Ted Nelson says:

              Pinder was drafted less than a year ago and hasn’t appeared above A ball… If they want to challenge him AA would be the logical choice, but he’s not even destroying High A.

              Eppley is absolutely destroying AAA right now in a very small sample.

              This is not relevant to the original point, though… they have the depth. If you think there are better options than Eppley, that only speaks to the depth they have.

              (You know Pinder is white, right? This has got to be literally the first time I’ve seen you advocate a white player…)

            • jsbrendog says:

              people don’t reply one way because mike feels that way. they reply that way because they agree something is stupid/awesome. this is another stupid tired narrative that needs to end

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Holy motherfucking shit. We’re actually arguing over what MiLB reliever comes up to take the last bullpen spot when everyone else, again, moves up one. It’s like we’ve reached a new rock layer of shit to argue.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              There’s a difference between upside and being able to help the team win. Pinder has a near-4.00 ERA and BB/9 in Single-A.

        • DERP says:

          Bullpen members on the DL: Rivera, Robertson, Joba, Feliciano, Cabral, Meyers. Not even going to count Aardsma. Rapada also banged up.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          As Mike says, this isn’t the back-up plan. The back-up plans to Mo were Robertson, Soriano, and Joba. Two of the three are hurt, three of your top four relievers. Not to mention Feliciano… who might be #5, 6, or 7 if healthy. Maybe Hughes is in the pen if Pineda is healthy, and Aardsma later in the year if he’s healthy. Ahead of Eppley there’s Wade, Logan, Rapada, Garcia, Phelps… Eppley is a lot of backups back, and one of several AAAA options they picked from… if he doesn’t work out and they need a reliever again it might be Mitchell, Whelan, Delcarmen, Warren, Cedeno, O’Connor, etc. next time.

        • LiterallyFigurative says:

          I hear Papelbon can be had in a trade…….

    • Kruk That Noise says:


  10. crawdaddie says:

    I don’t like pitchers like Eppley or Rapada because they’re ineffective against hitters that bat from the opposite side because they have a better view of them when releasing the ball.

    • the other "D.J" of the Yankees (formerly STONE COLD Austin Romine) says:

      *cant resist from obnoxiously commenting with the “obvious post is obvious” snarky remark.*

      • vin says:

        I don’t like pitchers who have a hard time striking guys out, and not walking batters.

        And don’t get me started on hitters that make outs in more than 60% of their PA’s.

        Bums… the whole lot of ‘em.

  11. OldYanksFan says:

    So… what does this mean? How long will DRob be out for?

  12. crawdaddie says:

    My prediction either June 1st or June 5th.

  13. forensic says:

    Cesar ‘oblique’ Cabral?

  14. Erica says:


  15. Again it all goes back to the failure to develop frontline starters that can throw complete games every time out — fire Cashmans

  16. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I’m a bit surprised they consider Eppley a better choice than Kevin Whelan or Chase Whitley who have both been pitching well in AAA though I guess the difference between them all probably isn’t all that great.

  17. art vandelay says:

    * Knock on wood * hopefully the yanks are just getting all these injuries out of the way early … this is starting to get obnoxious.

  18. Reggie C. says:

    This is clearly Mark Teixeira’s fault.

  19. #28 in 2012 says:

    Cory Wade is Soriano away from being a closer for the Yankees.


    • RC says:

      Wow. I would have preferred not to look at it like that.

      I go Betances and throw him to the wolves before I go with Wade.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Wade has actually been their best reliever so far this season. It’s a tiny sample, but I see no reason to expect Betances to do better than Wade as an MLB reliever right now.

    • Neil T says:

      I’d rather see Logan as closer. There, I said it, now I’ll go thoroughly cleanse my keyboard (needs it anyway).

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’d rather see Logan close than Soriano.

        *runs and hides*

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Not bad that even with all the injuries to key relievers they still have 3 strong late inning relievers…

          Imagine if Mo, Robertson, Joba, Soriano, Feliciano, Wade, and Logan was their bullpen. That would have been ridiculous.

        • Betty Lizard says:

          The thought of Logan closing makes me feel a little . . . dirty.

  20. Reggie C. says:

    Anyone still want Phil Hughes to get yanked from the rotation for more … pressing urgent business as the 8th inning man.


  21. RC says:

    At least some of us got our wish to have Soriano be the closer. I could have done without an injury to Robertson to accomplish that, however. The team will be fine. It’s only 15 days and even if it takes 20 or so it’s still fine. We wanted to see some of the young arms come up (Mitchell, Warren, Betances), so I’d rather we get that look now. I’m all for calling up Betances. Yeah, he might flame out or he could actually show a lot of the qualities the scouts rate so highly. He’s old enough, there are no maturity issues and I’ve been a little confused about what’s holding up the team from calling him up. If their goal is to have him remain fully stretched out, with the full intent to have him be part of the rotation in 2013, then I understand. However, I’ve seen more to believe he’ll be a highly effective reliever versus a starter. Does anyone else have a legitimate status report on Betances?

    • pat says:

      They could make it retroactive to the 12th. If that’s the case he could be back my Memorial Day.

    • pat says:

      And the report on Betances is that he can’t throw strikes very often. Not a good recipe for a reliever either.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      What held them back from calling him up was not being able to pitch in AAA… when you’re terrible in AAA, you don’t usually get called up to pitch against much better hitters. He made a good start in AAA and might be getting back on track… so this would seem to me like a terrible time to disrupt that with a new role at a much tougher level. He probably will “flame out” in the short-term if called up, and there’s every reason to believe Cody Eppley, among others, is at least as good an MLB reliever right now.

  22. VCR1111 says:

    Hello All! Would like a little clarification, did the injury to Robertson occur during the 5/9 game against the Rays or was this an off the field injury? I remember seeing the postgame yesterday where Girardi hiccuped a bit when asked if Robertson felt his sore ribs after the 5/9 game.

  23. pat says:

    I assume we’re going to roll with a Phelps/Loone Bogan amalgamation for the bridge to Soriano?

    • vin says:

      That is a sentence I never wanted to read.

      Thank god for Corey Wade.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Tonight probably (though I’m sure they’re hoping CC just dominates and they’re winning big).

      I would guess Wade otherwise, though. It’s a small sample, but he’s actually been their best reliever this season.

  24. Tom Q says:

    So, with the Yanks, Tampa and Boston all hitting big injury speed bumps, no team can truly take advantage of the others’ temporary weakness. Is it an opportunity for Toronto or Baltimore?

  25. Sure Shot says:

    Bubble wrap for everyone from this point forward!

  26. Brian S. says:

    Seattle knew.

  27. DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

    O-bleak indeed.

    Hoping Montero can wake up and take care of the Sox today at Fenway.

  28. jsbrendog says:

    totally safe for work and applies to the current yankee bullpen situation perfectly

  29. Raza says:

    Why not call up Chase Whitley? He’s probably our best relief prospect in the upper minors and has had success at every level he’s pitched at. I don’t know if he’s on the 40 man roster but it shouldn’t be too hard to move someone to the 60 day DL.

    • DM says:

      He’s not on the 40 yet — but I think we’ll see him before the season is over if he keeps this up.

      • JScott says:

        Hell, if this keeps up we’ll be seeing you and me before the season is over.

        • DM says:

          If you give me a month I can work my pitch count up to 30 and crack 75mph on my heater. Of course I’ll be writhing in pain in between pitches — but that might distract the next hitter from watching the previous hitter’s homerun.

  30. Robinson Tilapia says:

    No one ever said 162 games was easy…..well, except for those that scream it’s a failure when we don’t win every WS, but I digress.

    Carry forward. Get well, D-Rob, and we need you back soon. As to who will close? Go with the hot and fresh hand. At this point, who needs the same guy out there every night when we’re you’re on Plan C?

    I’m back, bitches.

  31. CL says:

    How many teams out there could survive 2 all star relievers going on the DL? Not only do we still have a legit closer, but the rest of the bullpen should be able to hold up in the meantime. At the same time, goes to show how quickly something with so much depth (Phelps as the mop up guy) to where it is today, with Phelps likely pitching the 7th or even 8th if we get into a few bullpen heavy games.

  32. jayd808 says:

    I understand a golf regimen works like a charm for those oblique injuries. Dr. Josh B.

  33. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Call up Vindette and let him be a LOROOGY!

    Seriously, the news on DRob is bad, but not end of the world bad.

    It’s just nuts to think we were thinking of having a Wade/Logan/Joba/Robertson/Soriano/Rivera bullpen, and now we are down to 50% of that. Plus Nova is banged up, Campos is hurt, Pineda is done for the season. At least ManBan and Betances are healthy (fingers, eyes, and toes crossed).

    Calling Kate Hudson: The Yankees Need Youuuuuuu!

  34. Endlessmike says:

    That Soriano deal might not be as bad as we thought it was.

    • jsbrendog says:

      no, the deal is still just as bad. this doesnt change it. it just is right place right time. you cant plan on this

      • Fin says:

        I personally never thought the deal was bad. Its the Yankees money and they had extra and spent it on Soriano. Its not like they had a ton of holes to fill. I really cant see where that signing has held back the team.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        It doesn’t necessarily make it a good deal, but depth was absolutely one of the benefits of signing him. When your closer is 41-43 over the contract and you’re already saying publicly one of your top set-up guys has a shoulder injury… it’s even more one of the reasosn.

        That doesn’t mean you have to think the contract is good, but this is one benefit.

        • A.D. says:

          Depends what you don’t like about the deal, the idea of bringing in a talented reliever with experience closing games was a good idea, but when you look at the time of the signing and the seeming lack of market for Soriano’s service at the time Soriano is overpaid and given way to much leverage over the Yanks for a guy who didn’t seem to have offers being thrown at him.

          net in net bad contract, good signing if we essentially separate the player from the contract

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        The deal may have been too much money for too many years but it’s pretty obvious at this point that the Yankees are better off for having Soriano on the roster.

        The $4-5 million per year they could have saved by signing a Balfour or Benoit likely has had little impact on the Yankees current roster as well so ultimately, I think this signing turned out to be a positive for the Yankees.

    • Fernando says:

      The deal is still bad. Maybe he takes the closer job and runs with it, then amred with lots of saves decides to opt out for a multi-year deal. Saves $14 million for next year’s cap!

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Out of curiosity, why do you care if the Yankees spend more money than you’d like them to?

      • Fin says:

        You also have to keep in mind, that while it was certainly and overpay, they had to overpay him to take the setup role. With the state of the Yankees starting pitching going into the season last year, and a 40yr old closer, I thought it made sense from a Yankees perspective. It wouldnt have made much sense for any other team operating on a normal budget.

  35. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    (also known as Master of the Abdominal Stretch)

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

      It’s all your fault Stairs! Ever since you showed up, the pitching staff has fallen into Chaos!

  36. CBean says:

    I’m trying to be rational about all these injuries but part of me just wants a whole ritual cleansing for the entire pitching staff to take off whatever bad mojo we’ve got going on.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      Ritual cleansing? I’m your girl!
      (Checks supply of salt, sage and free-range chicken)
      (Considers combining cleansing with dinner)

  37. flamingo says:

    It’s like InjuryGate, guys. It’s an international free agent conspiracy.


  38. DM says:

    Good news on Nova though. Sound like he won’t miss a start.

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