Yankees place David Robertson on 15-day DL with groin injury

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(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)
(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

The Yankees have placed David Robertson on the 15-day DL with a Grade I groin strain, Joe Girardi announced. He hurt himself at some point during Sunday’s outing. Grade I is the least severe strain, but that doesn’t mean he will automatically be ready to go once the 15 days are up. Girardi declined to give a timetable for his return.

I assumed Robertson did not pitch Monday because he had a long-ish outing on Sunday and had pitched in three of the last four days, but unfortunately not. Shawn Kelley picked up an easy save in the home opener on Monday afternoon, but Girardi stopped short of declaring him the interim closer. He did acknowledge Kelley will see most save chances, however. Adam Warren is also in the late-inning mix.

There is no word on who will be called up to fill Robertson’s roster spot. Preston Claiborne and Cesar Cabral are both on the 40-man roster and seem like obvious candidates, and others like Matt Daley, David Herndon, Fred Lewis, and Danny Burawa impressed in Spring Training and could get the call. None of those guys are on the 40-man roster, though.

Robertson, 28, allowed one hit and one walk in three innings before getting hurt, going 2-for-2 in save chances. Girardi is very good at getting the most out of his bullpen, and he’ll have to continue to do just that with his best reliever on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

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  • RetroRob

    Don’t let Mo leave the ballpark!

  • fabricio

    wow such a big blow i think when he comes back hes the eighth inning guy again a truly wasted opportunity for him to take over as a closer

    • forensic

      He’s not going to lose his spot to Kelley or anyone else.

      • fabricio

        if kelley is thriving as a closer then i think he does lose his spot as a closer

        • Steve (different one)

          Yeah, probably not.

        • A member of the family

          I hear you got a great tattoo on your chest…

        • cheddar

          Prepara la machina.

        • Angelo

          What are you drinking/smoking? It’s two weeks. Not 3 months.

          • http://yahoo.com rob

            Or maybe its 2 months. We don’t know. If kelly is good there will be no reason to flip them back.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Your thoughts are betraying you.

    • nycsportzfan

      Wow, didn’t see this coming. This stings. Call up Matt Daley please, and push Shawn Kelley into closers role, with Warren/Thornton as the put together 8th inning guys, and have Nuno as your matchup lefty for awhile. Daley deserves the promotion.

      • Yankee$

        I like this. What’s your 40 Man Roster move?

  • JoeyA

    He’ll never be Mo!!

    But really though, where di this come from? Looked fine in his last outing

    • I’m One

      But really though, where di this come from?

      I’m blaming Jorge Steinbrenner. He aluded to this in an earlier thread this morning when discussing the Abe Almonte/Shawn Kelley trade:

      “Let’s all keep in mind that the player we got for him is one hammy away from closing for our team.”

      • nyyankfan_7


        Go to sleep tonight knowing that I am shaking my fist at you in anger……shaking my fist very hard.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I’m…….really sorry.

          *retreats to corner*

  • forensic

    Shit, that really sucks.

  • your mom

    Well that sucks. I think there’s a small chance we’ll still have just one HR by the time he comes back from the DL.

    Good job by the pen today. That was gutsy by Girardi to bring in Phelps, hopefully it will be a big confidence booster.

    • Steve (different one)

      In retrospect, not as “gutsy” as it seemed at the time. Basically the pen was short handed, everyone had to move up a spot…

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    First Teix and now Drob. Let’s hope it isn’t a repeat of last season. This thins the pen, although Phelpsy looked great so maybe he can fill that 7th inning role with Warren and Kelley being the 8th and 9th inning closers.

  • GroomedScrotum

    Well that didn’t take long.

    • Zanath

      Didn’t he have this same injury last time he was closing? Not saying it’s because he’s a closer, but it is a coincidence.

      • MartinRanger

        It was a lat strain iirc.

        It’s a blow – I think Betances is one guy who really needs to step up and carve out a role. Kelley’s always had the ability, he just needs to pitch down in the zone more often.

        And at some point I hope one of Phelps or Nuno gets sent down to be stretched out because neither one of them are getting nearly enough innings (in Phelps case, because he doesn’t deserve them right now).

        • BFDeal

          It was a strained left oblique.

    • Steve (different one)

      Maybe he tweaked it while grooming his…never mind

      • vicki

        just one girl’s opinion, but don’t.

  • fabricio

    who might we call up?

  • Yankeefan91

    Call up Mark Montgomery

    • fabricio

      fuck yes im all for this move

    • nycsportzfan

      Matt Daley was great this spring, and very good in cup of coffee with big club last yr, and did really well in his only outing for Trip A club this yr.

      • TheRealGreg

        I agree

    • vicki

      monty’s not on the 40 man either. i’d rather see daley right now.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think Daley is on the 40 man.

        • vicki

          zactly. IF they make a roster move i’d rather daley.

  • Dirk Diggler

    F MAN, If Jose Ramirez was healthy, he probably would have been the ideal call up.

    Do we really call up another LOOGY when our CLOSER goes down? NO! Cabral is NOT the solution here.

    Claiborne will probably be called up but I want to see flamethrower Burawa come up and throw some ched. Or maybe some Monty slide piece action?

    • RetroRob

      Unless Claiborne has looked better since what we saw in ST, I’m not sure he’s the guy they’ll call on. Maybe Burawa.

      • RetroRob

        Nevermind. Won’t be Burawa because they’d have to open up a 40-man spot. It will be one of Claiborne, Cabral, Mitchell or Greene since they’re on the 40 man. Could have been Ramirez, since he’s also on it, but his injury timing is bad.

  • TheRealGreg

    Damn artificial turf. Time to outlaw that shit.

  • Dave Guarnieri

    Adam Warren was supposedly hitting 95 on the radar gun. I think he and Kelly can handle this.

    Phelps got a confidence building performance, but he is what he is, a midland quality pitcher.

    I’d bring up Cabral even though it makes them lefty heavy.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    On behalf of all fans, “shit.”

    • vicki


  • vicki

    just one guy to the dl and what seemed like depth two days ago suddenly doesn’t look so deep. though it’s more a roster issue than a lack of talent.

    tag, you’re it, offense.

    • Mikhel

      Two counting Teix. And in the worst spot since a lot of fans were criticizing the lack of 1B-abled bench players.

      Maybe they could promote Aceves to hit a few bosox in revenge for what they said and did to him… nah, knowing him, it just gave him a reason to prove people he is not what the bosox media said about him (at one point he was reportedly told to quit so the sox wouldnt have to pay him, and if he didnt then they would make his life misserable, which it happened when he got injuried and the sox doctors said it wasnt true and either he played or risked being cut for indiscipline… he had to play injured risking his career).

      Not everything that happens is reported, not everything that is reported is the undisputed truth, not everything is what it seems. He is not the first to be treated like that, wont be the last (he was cut by the yankees when he got injured riding a bike in his hometown, about 2 hours away from where i live).

      • vicki

        *bullpen depth

  • vicki

    ha. this is the first time i’ve heard any francesa since he lost the yes job. sour grapes much?

  • Mikhel

    Didn’t Robertson had that same (repetitive) injury in the past few years?

  • TWTR

    I think most non-Mo relievers are kind of fungible, and Girardi’s strength is bullpen mgmt, so I am not that concerned right now.

    That said, health is a skill and Robertson doesn’t necessarily possess it.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Should of signed Rodney.

    /Wild Thing’d

  • Mikhel

    The 2006 Marlins bullpen disagrees.

  • mustang

    Its ok since teams can always “churn out relievers” especially of DRob’s quality. Seriously nice to have some good “home grown” arms in the pen to help out unlit DRob gets back. Once again that old adage goes, a team can never have enough pitching.

    • Mikhel

      yup, pitching is the soul of the game. Yanks pitchers showed poise and promise on ST.

    • Tom

      Since relief pitching is so hard to come and the Yankees are so good at it, they should just convert ManBan into a reliever

      And if he succeeds you can add it to your list of examples of why the Yankees are much better at developing pitching than people give them credit for.

      • mustang

        Or we can keep bitching about how they don’t develop any starting pitching while they have had over decade of success on the field.

        Soooo although I would love to see them develop starting pitching I’m happy that they have at least developed some good young cost effective relievers after years of watching Cashman waste $$$ on average often unless free agent relievers.

        • mustang

          Sorry Tom, but since I been a Yankees fan I have seen 7 World Series titles, 11 AL Pennants, 18 East Division titles, 4 Wild card berths and 2 home grown ace pitchers (Ron Guidry and Andy Pettitte) so I don’t see what the bitch fest is about.

          Still it come just me.

          • mustang

            still it come be just me

          • Tom

            If it doesn’t matter whether the Yankees can develop pitching as they still win why did YOU BRING IT UP IN THE FIRST PLACE? You do realize you were the one who felt it was important to “educate” people in the game thread on how the Yankees can develop pitching; now you are saying it doesn’t matter?

            And why did you double down on this foolishness by listing some relievers with virtually no MLB track record as examples of development successes? Betances has thrown less than 3 innings this year and less than 10 MLB innings in his career… and in your view he is an example of Yankees pitching development? Can you at least wait until he hits double digits in IP?(ideally triple digits in innings would be good, but that is probably way too big an ask for you) Nuno has not much more of a track record, heck even Phelps’ track record as a reliever is somewhat limited. (it’s somewhat hard to evaluate reliever success base on results in long relief)

            And neither forensic nor Winter said any team can develop a bunch of Robertson’s, sadly this is what this site has devolved into – when someone challenges an opinion people get defensive, ignore the actual response and instead turn it into an absurd strawman that they can argue against and if that fails just evolve the argument “what does it matter they still win”.

            So, I’ll ask again – if it doesn’t matter how good the Yankees are at developing pitching now, why did you even bring it up in the first place (and why did you throw a couple of guys on the list with almost no MLB track record)

            But hey I’ve only been a fan since the 70’s… which I apparently need to mention this is how the import of one’s comments should be measured?

            And it’s not a bitch fest – you are just getting all defensive because several people had the nerve to disagree with you in the game thread.

  • Mikhel


    comment fail

  • MaxD

    So putting 100% faith in Robertson and Tex. was a bad idea? Gee who would have thunk it? A banged up 1st baseman coming off major surgery and have 1 successful RP for the 9th inning role an no other options? Yup works for me…. Kelley could be fine they both could come back in 2-3 weeks but this is what happens when you don’t address Moe leaving and you dont sign a single true option at first base. Hope we don’t swept by Boston in 3 days.

    • TWTR

      You think Robertson’s groin injury was foreseeable?

      And given their pre-existing contractual commitment to Teix, as well as how much they spent on other (important) free agent acquisitions, and the issue they have with developing position players, what were they supposed to do?

      • mustang


        Spoil Yankees fan on the road.

    • mustang

      Yep, since they didn’t get Masahiro Tanaka,Brian McCann,Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and lock-up Brett Gardner.

      Terrible job on their end.

  • Yankee$

    So maybe this is also, to some degree, why Phelpsy came in for the high leverage spot. A. Kelley was getting the 9th but B. Joe has to know what Phelpsy is right now as he manages the bullpen going forward.

  • CashmanNinja

    Wow, we actually got something for Nunez? Sweeeeet.

  • 28 this year

    Nunez traded for a single A left hander. Looking at the pitcher’s BRef page http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sulbar000mig&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.typepad.com

    Seems like a nonzero prospect. Thats a positive. Lefty starter with good K and BB rates.

    • CashmanNinja

      He’s got a career K/9 of 8.4, he’s a lefty, and he’s only 20 years old. I’ll freakin’ take it!

      • mustang


        “he’s a lefty, and he’s only 20 years old”

        That’s enough for me.


    • vicki

      !viva venezuela!

      • mustang

        You really need to move there.


  • TheRealGreg

    Last year he was rated as the 31st best Dodger prospect before he was traded to Minnesota for Drew Butera. He’s only 5’10” but reports are he has a low 90s fastball with a slider and curve

    • mustang

      “The Dodgers have traded LHP Miguel Sulbaran to the Twins as the PTBNL in the Drew Butera deal, a move that has raised a few eyebrows.
      Sulbaran is pitching with the Loons in A-ball and has posted a 3.01 ERA and 2.76 FIP in 92.2 innings. His 85/27 K/BB showcase that both his strikeout and walk rates are above league average, which is impressive for a 19-year-old.
      His stuff is not as impressive as his numbers, though. Sulbaran sits 90-92 with his fastball and doesn’t have much projection left. Both his curve and slider are present average and project as above-average future. He also has a change, but it’s fringy and he doesn’t repeat it well.
      I’m not necessarily a fan of his, as I think he lacks the stuff and upside of a future starter, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have value. As a lefty in the 90 mph range with his curve/slider combo, there’s a future in relief there. So while there’s nothing to be upset about, it struck me as a bit weird that the Dodgers gave up a solid prospect arm for a replacement level catcher after the reluctance to move any level of prospect at the trading deadline.”

    • mustang

      He really doesn’t sound like much, but its better then nothing.

    • mustang

      “Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that Sulbaran showed up to camp this spring overweight, which presumably didn’t do much for his standing with the team. ”

      Baseball needs to stop starvingits minor leaguers.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Almost as heavily weight scrutinized as runway models!

  • MB923

    Nunez to the Tigers

    • TheRealGreg


    • MB923

      Correction, Twins, not Tigers.

  • FLYER7

    Looks like Cabral or Greene to be called up for Robby according to Cash

    • vicki

      stairs, please.

  • EndlessJose

    The Yankees should have kept Mark Reynolds and let him walk for a minor league deal and than Teixeira gets hurt and the Yankees should have spent more o the bullpen and now Roberts is hurt.

    Surprised the Yankees Yankees like last year risked there infield after the Jeter and A-Rod debacle.Now the Bullpen looks worse.Hopefully Roberts come back.

    • BFDeal


      • mustang

        Just walk away slowly.

  • CUYanks

    Are Ryan Madson/Joel Hanrahan healthy or available?

    • RetroRob

      I think the answer for both is: No and Yes.

  • Pasqua

    Some guys just have no timing…

  • LarryM Fl.

    Robertson’s injury presents a problem but the problem may present an opportunity for one of the younger guys. If the opportunity is seized by one of the pitchers in the pen. Robertson’s returned will mean a stronger pen. You have to look for a silver lining in this.

  • Bronx Boy

    The team used 50 payers last year. Not again, please, stop the madness now!

  • The Other Matt

    Well this explains a lot. I was at the game today and wondered, first, why David Phelps was put into the game in the 7th, with the tying run in scoring position. To this credit he was able to get a ground ball to get out of the inning. Then Kelley comes out for the 9th and I’m like OK? I presumed Robertson would’ve been available today, as he had off on Saturday, and didn’t throw an overwhelming out of pitches yesterday.

    Its going to be interesting to see how Girardi maneuvers the different guys in the bullpen. Kelley has looked good so far, and Adam Warren has been really impressive. Hopefully Betances can get back on track, after not having much command in his last outing. That would give them a nice power arm there for 7th inning to bridge to Warren and Kelley while Robertson is out. I hope Robertson injury doesn’t keep him out longer than the 15 days, but like Teixeira and his hamstring, groin injuries can loom around for a while. Wishing for the best.