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Robertson’s back issue/Yankees postgame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After this 7-2 loss, Joe Girardi revealed that David Robertson was out with a bad back. It seems minor. The righty reliever’s lower back tightened up on both sides after his outing on Monday night against the Rays. Girardi called it an issue with spasms, saying it was muscular. Robertson underwent an MRI Wednesday. Girardi said there was no structural problem. 

“I’m feeling a lot better today than I did yesterday,” Robertson said. “The good news is there’s no damage, nothing with the disc or anything like that. … I’m really not very worried about it at all.”

“I’m not sure when we’ll get him back,” said Girardi, who didn’t think it was going to be a long time. He also didn’t think Robertson would be available for Thursday night’s series finale. …

The Yankees are now up by just 1 1/2 over the Rays. The Yankees have 10 games left, the Rays 11.

“I think this thing is going to come down to the wire,” Lance Berkman said. “Even if we win tomorrow night, 2 1/2 games is a decent lead, but we have a tough schedule. … The schedule favors them. So even if we were to win tomorrow night, 2 1/2 games is not insurmountable.” …

Berkman continues to swing well. He had two hits and is now batting .370 (20 for 54) since coming off the DL Sept. 1.

“It’s not like I’m on fire or anything, but I feel pretty good,” Berkman said.

He sent up his first homer as a Yankee, a solo shot in the fifth.

“It felt great,” Berkman said. “I didn’t want to end up with a zero in that category. One is better than none. … Hopefully there will be a few more.” 

He has had to adjust to AL pitching after spending his entire career previously with the Astros.

“It’s very tough to hit when you don’t know anything,” Berkman said. “I haven’t heard of half of these guys. They’ve got some great arms. It’s good to be the second time through with this (Rays) team and know a little bit of some of these guys.”  …

Royce Ring made his debut in pinstripes and the speed-changing veteran lefty couldn’t have been more thrilled. He was charged with one run in 1 2/3 after taking over for A.J. Burnett out of the two-hour, 11-minute rain delay in the third. Dustin Moseley gave up the inherited run after Ring issued a two-out walk. But Ring can now say, “I pitched for the Yankees.”

“I just texted my wife. I was like, ‘I’m on Cloud 9 right now,’ ” Ring said. “It was a great experience. It did two years in Triple-A baseball to get back up here. It’s just a great feeling to be with this organization.” …

Derek Jeter scored a run, the 1,678th of his career. So he passed Mickey Mantle for sole possession of third on the franchise’s all-time list. Jeter also tied his season high by extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He had two singles in four at-bats to continue his September surge. It was his third straight multiple-hit game and fifth in the last eight. …

The Yankees are 8-9 vs. Tampa Bay, the second-most losses they have ever had against the Rays. In 2005, the Yankees were 8-11 against them. …

It will CC Sabathia vs. David Price in the fourth and final game, two prime Cy Young candidates.

“To be able to leave here 2-2 would be awesome,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s a great pitching matchup with CC and David, and I know that a lot of people will be watching. It’s going to be fun to watch.”

That’s it for tonight.

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