Yankees activate David Robertson off 15-day DL

Thoughts following the off-day
4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

As expected, the Yankees have activated closer David Robertson off the 15-day DL, the team announced. He missed the minimum 15 days with a groin strain. Robertson threw in the bullpen last week and pitched in an Extended Spring Training game over the weekend. Bryan Mitchell was returned to Double-A Trenton yesterday to clear a roster spot.

The Yankees also announced that lefty Cesar Cabral has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton. He was designated for assignment the other day to make room on the roster for Matt Daley. Because he has been outrighted off the 40-man roster in the past, Cabral can elect free agency rather than report to Triple-A. I think he has three days to make that decision, but don’t hold me to that.

Thoughts following the off-day
4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox
  • Dropped Third

    The pen did better then I expected with him gone but they stilled looked significantly worse off without him. Allowing Kelly to go to the eighth and Warren and Thornton to the seventh is huge.I’m hoping we get Hanrahan for the depth and experience we lack.

  • lightSABR

    Here’s hoping this means no repeats of last Friday.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    No depth lost. Perfect.

    Welcome back, DRob. Never leave us again. Buy Shawn Kelley dinner tonight.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

    You are referring to yourself as Michael now? Well isn’t that fancy!

    But seriously, Robertson coming back for the Boston series is big.

  • gbyanks

    the 40 man is at 39 now right? we 60 dayed cervelli and called up sizemore and then dfa cabral and daley but didnt add anyone. Plus odds are that Nova is going to the 60 day. So 38 spots for the 40 man?

    • mitch

      That’s too much flexibility. I’m getting uncomfortable. Can they throw a couple single A guys who have no chance of contributing until 2016 on there to get to an even 40?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        We can always just protect Omar Luis now.

        • I’m One

          Luis Torrens. Need to add a nother catcher with Frankie on the 60-day.

          • lightSABR

            I’ve gotten a nice offer from Over the Monster to start commenting over there. If the Yanks want to keep me around, I think I’m going to need that roster spot.

            • I’m One

              Make sure you get a good enough offer from the Yanks. If not, take the money and run!

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              “Yankees designate lightSABR For assignment.”

              • lightSABR

                Crap. Well, there’s always the Twins. What do you think, guys? Me and Eddard for Joe Mauer? My trade proposal sucks, I know.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Of all the places to trade yourself to, that’s where you choose?

                  • lightSABR

                    I’d just been DFA-ed – I had no leverage! I figured, if they were desperate enough to take Nunez…

    • Ed

      Cabral was removed from the 40 man to add Daley. Daley was a different type of DFA – if you made your major league debut more than 3 years ago, you have to go thru waivers before you can be optioned to the minors. His DFA was to go thru waivers, not to be removed from the 40 man.

  • qwerty

    I wonder when Robertson’s next injury as a closer will come.

    • pat


      • Ed

        When Mo hurt his knee, Robertson was named closer. He pitched like 2 games, then had a minor injury and spent 15 days on the DL. That’s how Soriano ended up closing.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Just roll with it.

    • TWTR

      What’s the league average for injuries to relievers? Take that and subtract the leg injuries he has had, and then multiply by 0.

    • M-Three

      This is one of the things that had me worried about D-Rob taking over as closer. He was never on the DL as the set-up man but twice now he has injuries less than a week into getting the job.

      Most of you will disagree with me but I would stay with Kelley as closer. Kelley has looked very good in the 9th and isn’t throwing a lot of pitches per outing like D-Rob does.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Pitches per Inning

        2014 Kelley: 15.8
        2013 Kelley: 18.4

        2014 Robertson: 15.0
        2013 Robertson: 15.9

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          We don’t want your fancy numbers here!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        How does the different inning contribute to injury? You can’t possibly tell me you’ve seen enough to make some sort of correlation.

        • M-Three

          I believe the injuries are the result of D-Rob putting too much pressure on himself. He has always had the safety net of Mariano Rivera. Now with Mo gone he is once again trying too hard to fill his shoes and that is leading to those DL stints.

  • will

    Well isn’t that awesome, your 0.00 ERA 97mph mop up man falls farther on the totem pole, don’t worry Hughes/Phelps, your job is secure.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead


      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The random trolling phrase generator must have malfunctioned.

  • will

    Dont get me wrong, glad Robertson is back :)

  • Dan

    I’m glad Cabral is staying around. Obviously he blew up in his last outing, but I really think he has potential and could still be a decent LOOGY.

  • Steve (different one)

    This rock keeps tigers away.