Had a chance to talk with Dave Robertson for a bit before yesterday’s game, and he said he was relieved to wake up without any soreness in his elbow after pitching for the first time in weeks on Wednesday night. “It felt terrific,” he said. “There was nothing in there at all.”
Robertston admitted that there was a little rustiness with his command, but Joe Girardi is planning to use him again tomorrow in Tampa and – assuming he continues to have no health problems – it figures that Robertson will play an important role in the postseason bullpen. For someone who was shut down and sent to Dr. James Andrews in early September, that’s a nice turnaround – even if Robertson isn’t assuming anything.
“It’s not up to me, obviously,” he said. “I can’t control it so I can’t worry about things like the roster. But playing in the postseason here? That would be amazing.”
It’s always fun to see younger guys get excited about the prospect of their first October baseball, and Girardi is high on Robertson’s abilities, especially as a potential escape-artist. The fact that Robertston has 62 strikeouts in just 42 2/3 innings this year makes him a valuable weapon in a tight spot – exactly what a manager needs in must-win games.