When Chad Gaudin came in for the 7th inning against the top of the 7th inning, I assumed the Yanks were either not going to try to hard to win tonight or someone was hurt. The true story seems to be a combination of both. According to Bryan Hoch, David Robertson was unavailable tonight with back spasms. The Yanks’ key set-up man had gone for an MRI earlier in the day, but the results showed no structural damage. He is considered day-to-day.
Robertson, who had a late-season MRI on his throwing elbow in 2009, has made 59 appearances this year, but lately, Girardi had been leaning heavily on the right-hander. He made seven appearances over 11 games from Sept. 8-Sept. 20 and had warmed up a few times before pitching. Hopefully, the Yanks have enough time to rest Robertson and get him ready for the playoffs, but with ten games left in the regular season, time’s a-wastin’.