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Robertson: “A matter of actually stepping out there and doing it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 04, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

From the Himes Complex down in Tampa…

David RobertsonTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever David Robertson is not overanalyzing his role as Mariano Rivera’s replacement.

Robertson is moving from an eighth-inning setup man to closer following Rivera’s retirement.

“It’s the same deal,” Robertson said Tuesday after a pre-spring training workout at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “Throwing the eighth or ninth inning, you’ve still got to get three outs. You’ve got to be effective. You can’t give up a lead. I’m not going to try to overthink the whole situation.”

Rivera has said that Robertson is the right man for the role. The former teammates spent time together last month at the New York baseball writers’ dinner.

“First thing he said is, ‘You scared?’” Robertson recalled. “I’m like, ‘No.’ It’s typical Mo. He’s all over my case already. I haven’t even thrown a pitch yet, and he’s on me. He knows I can do it, and I think I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of actually stepping out there and doing it.”

Given the chance to fill in as closer when Rivera injured a knee in 2012, Robertson strained muscle in his left ribcage. Rafael Soriano took over as closer for the rest of the season. Robertson went 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 70 games last year, striking out 77 in 66 1-3 innings.

“He’s been in some huge situations here,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “He’s been around Mo. He’s in a good position to know what he has to do. He’s done everything that you could ask him to do to this point to become a closer. Now it’s just a matter of executing the pitches. Unless he gets overwhelmed by the situation, I don’t anticipate major problems.”

Rothschild also said CC Sabathia has increased his throwing program during the offseason to build up arm strength and stamina. Coming off elbow surgery to remove a bone spur in October 2012, Sabathia was 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA last year.

“The last couple winters, three or four really, he hasn’t been able to do a lot with going back to his knee and then the elbow last winter,” Rothschild said. “He’s been able to do a lot more this winter, so coming into spring training I think he’ll be in a little different place than he has been the last couple years.”

NOTES: Rothschild has had email communication with Japanese RHP Masahiro Tanaka. “There’s going to be adjustments he’s going to have to make,” Rothschild said. “He’s got the presence of mind to know what he needs to do to adjust when he gets here.” … SS Derek Jeter, limited to 17 games last season due to injuries, took 48 swings during his second day of batting practice.

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42 Responses to “Robertson: “A matter of actually stepping out there and doing it””

  1. mick February 4th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    So they didn’t want Baker b/c of lack of defense yet they are a step or 2 away from implosion with what they currently have.

    Gotta be about the money..

    Prove me wrong and sign Drew to play 3B/SS. That too would cost money unless they get him on a 1 year.

  2. UpState February 4th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Lyle Overbay:

    FIRST HALF (before he got a little tuckered out) at 36 YO :

    290 AB’s….11-42 .252 (.308 obp)

    ….for someone who wasn’t supposed to play – that was pretty good !

    (if he was 26 – maybe he could’ve kept on that pace for the whole year)

    …..If he’s not in a hospital bed – Casey Kotchman probably should be on the Yankees list !

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Always thought DRob had the right pitches and temperament to be a closer. I think he will adjust to it and do us and himself proud. GO DROB!

    ****************
    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/24 Blojaldo 97
    1/22 Poetkiosk 96
    1/23 bbb1 96
    1/24 Howler 96
    1/29 Mike-Boston 96
    1/23 Chicken_Stanley 95
    1/23 nettles9nc 95
    1/25 Melkman is in hotlanta 95
    1/29 rm 95
    1/23 tomingeoriga 94
    1/23 GregD 94
    1/25 Yanksinvegas 94
    1/30 Munson15 94
    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
    1/23 Pete2 93
    1/24 Jmills 93
    1/28 blake 93/147
    1/23 Austinmac 92
    1/24 kd 92
    1/24 MichelleB 92
    1/23 FS48 91
    1/23 Locke 91
    1/23 Tabbert 91
    1/23 Upstate 90
    1/25 Y’s Guy 90
    1/29 Deal With It 90
    1/30 longtime 90
    1/24 Chambliss 89
    1/30 Your Worst Nightmare 87
    1/23 JimK 88
    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    1/24 PKyankfan69 69
    2/3 Bronx Zoo 89

  4. Mottsx February 4th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Trisha put me down for 99 wins. Taking an overzealous shot. Thanks.

  5. mick February 4th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    No one seems too concerned about the set up man.
    We just lost one of the best.

  6. mick February 4th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Kay is just not a character enough to carry a live TV program.
    For all that was said about Francesa, he was a character.

  7. RayVT February 4th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Another Overbay type 1B option is Johhny Damon. LOL!

  8. kd February 4th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    would theo take murphy, phelps, and betances for starlin castro?

    it seems like too little when i type it, but three cost controlled everyday guys on that team

  9. blake February 4th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    blake says:
    February 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    Bowden said if the braves offered Betancourt, Wood, and Sims then they could get Price…..I don’t know if that’s true or not but if it is how are they not doig that?

  10. blake February 4th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    kd says:
    February 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm
    would theo take murphy, phelps, and betances for starlin castro?

    I think Nova has to be in the deal

  11. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    If PECOTA was in trisha’s prediction contest it would have 82 wins all to itself…

  12. kd February 4th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    i might be inclined to give up nova for castro. even if he becomes a 3b over time.

  13. Patrick February 4th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    would theo take murphy, phelps, and betances for starlin castro?

    Those are three good but not great pieces. All three are major league quality players but none really have any star upside. I don’t think I would give up Castro for that package.

  14. Howler February 4th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Is Nick Johnson still around ;)

  15. Against All Odds February 4th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Probably posted already if so ignore it.

    Have the Bombers gone barren?

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....gone-wrong

    “Banuelos has got that big arm,” a front office source said. “If it’s still there and the lightning still strikes then you’re going see people say, ‘F— it, bring him with us [on Opening Day].’”

    The source said that as soon as this season, Banuelos — who has yet to distinguish himself even at the Triple-A level and still projects as a starter long-term — might turn out to be a useful part in the Yankees’ bullpen. This is either irrefutable evidence of the electricity in Banuelos’ left arm, or the lack of juice in the Yankees’ farm system.

    The Barren Bombers

    Perhaps it is a little of both.”

    :neutral:

  16. AAA February 4th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    would theo take murphy, phelps, and betances for starlin castro?

    ======================================

    Seems light.

  17. Kelvin February 4th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Trisha, in case nobody has said it.. Thanks for doing the list, it is quite fun to see the projections, very nice of you. :D

  18. Patrick February 4th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The Yankees farm system certainly isn’t barren. It’s just been struck by a rash of injuries. If all the big name guys stay healthy in 2014 I guarantee all these writers talking about how bad the farm system is will be writing about the “miraculous” turnaround next year ..

  19. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Banuelos has always walked a lot of guys. I don’t see how Tommy John surgery fixed that. I’d like to see him make progress on that front in AAA before coming up.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Kelvin – thank you for that! I actually have fun doing it, and I think it’s a nice way to put a circle around the bond that we all have as fans of the greatest franchise in the history of sports!!!

    Sometimes when I think about the names that have been associated with our New York Yankees, starting with the Babe, it gives me actual goosebumps.

    :)

  21. blake February 4th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Just took a brisket flat off the smoker….man does it smell good

  22. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    blake-

    How long do you smoke your brisket?

  23. DaSaint007 February 4th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Trisha,

    Put me down for 96. I’m feeling lucky.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    DaSaint, you got it.

    :)

  25. blake February 4th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Wave Your Hat says:
    February 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    blake-

    How long do you smoke your brisket?

    Depends on the size of it….this one was just a little 3 lber so it took about 5 hours. Usually 1.5 hours per lb is a good ballpark but really I just cook it until it hits 200 degrees internal

  26. RayVT February 4th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I thought Banuelos always had pinpoint control. Betances was always all over the place. It would be wonderful to see both of them succeed in Pinstripes in 2014.

  27. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    RayVT-

    Banuelos had 106 BBs in 218 IP from 2010-2012.

  28. Oscar Madison February 4th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Trisha, please put me down for 91 W’s in 2014

    BTW, thanks for doing this ! :)

  29. Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    blake-

    What temperature? Around 250F?

  30. tomingeorgia February 4th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    WYH,
    blake is like all tarheels, just too impatient. Take my advice, low and slow.

  31. RayVT February 4th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks!!!

  32. Iron Horse February 4th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Trish, put me down for 92 wins please.

    Thanks

  33. DocTodd February 4th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Trisha, please put me down for 93 wins…thanks!

  34. blake February 4th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Wave Your Hat says:
    February 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    blake-

    What temperature? Around 250F?

    Yea around there….

  35. blake February 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm
    WYH,
    blake is like all tarheels, just too impatient. Take my advice, low and slow.

    Haha….hey we low and slow it. I just don’t like it too low or the fat doesn’t render out as well IMO

  36. Spudz February 4th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Put me down for 93!

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Got you all guys, and it’s my pleasure. :)

    I’ll check back later for any additional predictions. And as always, check my numbers!

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    2/4 Mottsx 99
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/24 Blojaldo 97
    1/22 Poetkiosk 96
    1/23 bbb1 96
    1/24 Howler 96
    1/29 Mike-Boston 96
    2/4 DaSaint007 96
    1/23 Chicken_Stanley 95
    1/23 nettles9nc 95
    1/25 Melkman is in hotlanta 95
    1/29 rm 95
    1/23 tomingeoriga 94
    1/23 GregD 94
    1/25 Yanksinvegas 94
    1/30 Munson15 94
    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
    1/23 Pete2 93
    1/24 Jmills 93
    1/28 blake 93/147
    2/4 Doc Todd 93
    1/23 Austinmac 92
    1/24 kd 92
    1/24 MichelleB 92
    2/4 Iron Horse 92
    1/23 FS48 91
    1/23 Locke 91
    1/23 Tabbert 91
    2/4 Oscar Madison 91
    1/23 Upstate 90
    1/25 Y’s Guy 90
    1/29 Deal With It 90
    1/30 longtime 90
    1/24 Chambliss 89
    2/3 Bronx Zoo 89
    1/23 JimK 88
    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
    1/30 Your Worst Nightmare 87
    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  38. tomingeorgia February 4th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    blake,
    That’s what the salt in the rub is for, and the three hour rest is for. I bet that brisket is good, though. The next county over has a different style, and that’s the beauty of BBQ!

  39. Against All Odds February 4th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Wave Your Hat February 4th, 2014 at 5:28 pm
    RayVT-

    Banuelos had 106 BBs in 218 IP from 2010-2012.

    ———————-

    Man that’s a lot of walks

  40. Jerkface February 4th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Man that’s a lot of walks

    He seemed to lose the ability to challenge hitters once he got to AA+ and started facing stiffer competition.

  41. mick February 4th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Kay: “Robinson Cano wanted to be one of the beautiful people.
    They want a wife like Beyonce.”

  42. MTU February 4th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    New one ———->

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