Dave Robertson isn’t on the active roster, and he won’t be pitching tonight, but he’s back with the team, and for now that’s enough. Getting back on the mound in his rehab outings was the easy part. Waiting around for a month was the hard part.
“I really didn’t feel like I had problems with my command or anything,” he said. “I just, it was more the waiting to get out there was the toughest part for me, because they’re like, ‘Everything’s so slow with an injury like this,’ and you want to just, once you feel good, you want to be right back in there. It doesn’t work that way. I felt good for a week and I had to test it and make sure.”
Robertson tested his strained oblique in two Triple-A rehab outings. Both were hitless innings when Robertson was economical with his pitches. He said they were two of the quickest innings he’s pitched in a long time, and he knows why.
“When you throw strikes, it works out well,” he said. “I’m going to try to do that. I didn’t throw 25 pitches. I didn’t have runners on second and third. It’s nice.”
Will time away from big league hitters affect him when he’s activated on Friday?
“Honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “I still think it’s going to be the same thing. I’ve been going off scouting reports. I’ve been excited. No, it will still be the same thing. I’ll still have to make my pitches. It’s the same way there (in the minor leagues). I watched balls get hit hard all over the field there. If I’d have made some big mistakes there, I think they would have gotten hit.”
• Joe Girardi said today that he’s planning to split CC Sabathia and Chris Stewart at some point. It’s worked out that Stewart has been catching the Yankees ace, but Girardi said he’d like to shuffle things so that Russell Martin gets some time with Sabathia as well. “At some point I’d like to change that, get Russell back there,” Girardi said. “You kind of look at how the days fall, but at some point I’d like to get Russell back there.”
• Even though Hiroki Kuroda is coming off a bruised foot, Girardi said he feels no need to pay extra attention to him tonight. “Unless I see something glaring I’m not really going to pay too much attention because he’s been fine,” Girardi said. “He’s been able to do all his work and he’s had no problem doing his bullpens, so I’m anticipating that he’s fine.”
• Andy Pettitte threw a bullpen today with no problem. He should be good to go for Saturday’s start in Washington.
• Clay Rapada said he can tell he’s pitched the past four days. His shoulder is fatigued and he’s happy to have these next two days off. He won’t be available tonight.
• With Robertson back in the clubhouse, the Yankees are facing a decision about who to send down to make room on the roster. Girardi said they likely won’t make that decision until Friday. “The guys down there have done a tremendous job stepping up for us in innings that they’re not used to necessarily pitching, so yeah I think we’ve done a good job,” Girardi said. “Actually I think we’ve thrived a little bit in a sense. Those guys have done well.”
• ALS Association Greater New York Chapter President and CEO Dorine Gordon issued a statement congratulating Alex Rodriguez for last night’s record-tying home run: “The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter congratulates Alex Rodriguez for matching Lou Gehrig’s 74 year old record. Rising to this record that has gone unmatched for nearly three-quarters of a century is an amazing feat, and for a fellow New York Yankee to now share this piece of history with the legend that is Lou Gehrig, is extra special. We are proud to carry on the fight against the disease that bears Gehrig’s name and commend Alex on this outstanding accomplishment.” -
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