Dave Robertson felt some soreness in his left groin last night. He felt like he could pitch through it and thought it might be the kind of thing that goes away after a night of sleep. But Robertson woke up this morning and knew he couldn’t pitch tonight.
“It wasn’t like a pull or a pop (last night),” he said. “I just felt soreness coming home (with a pitch) and it just got gradually worse. Thankfully I was able to get that last out and get out of there.”
Robertson told the Yankees about it this morning and was sent for an MRI, which revealed the Grade 1 strain of his left groin. He’ll go on the disabled list tomorrow, and Robertson feels confident he’ll be back in 15 days. Doesn’t actually expect it to take that long before he’s able to start throwing again.
“I think it’s going to be a 15-day thing,” he said. “I think I’ll be ready to roll in 15 days, possibly sooner, but the thing is you can’t short-change the pen. You can’t run a six-man (bullpen) this early in the year. That’s too much stress on too many arms just waiting on what might be or may be.”
The Yankees will make a move for someone tomorrow. Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral and Shane Greene are all on the 40-man roster. Guys like Matt Daley, Danny Burawa, Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery are not. For now, Girardi said that Shawn Kelley will likely get the bulk of the ninth inning opportunities, and Adam Warren has pitched well enough that I have to imagine he’ll get the first shot as the new setup man.
“(Robertson) started off great, and he’s our best pitcher,” Kelley said. “It forces all of us to throw another inning later, so obviously that’s not good for the whole pen, but injuries are part of it and we’ve got to overcome it. You saw today what we’re capable of, and hopefully we can string it together until he gets back.”
A Grade 1 strain for Mark Teixeira was actually pretty good news. The Yankees have known for three days that Teixeira was hurt, but they were in no real rush to get an MRI. The test basically revealed a very mild strain, and Teixeira will actually start an exercise program tomorrow.
“I knew it wasn’t anything major,” Teixeira said. “When i first did it, if I’m on crutches, then I know something’s wrong. I could walk. I could put some pressure on it. I just knew that there was something not right and that’s what the MRI showed. … I was hoping it was only going to be a seven days, two weeks type thing. Again, we didn’t want to go on the DL, but we can’t play short and push it this early. Hopefully the two weeks will be plenty of time.”
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