Robertson impresses in rehab outing

06/12/2012 2:41 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
David Robertson made his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon, and it appears that he may be back in pinstripes this weekend as hoped.

Robertson started the Triple-A Yankees’ Tuesday matinee against Louisville, throwing nine of his 14 pitches for strikes and recording one K in a 1-2-3 first inning.

Manager Joe Girardi said on Monday that Robertson could “quite possibly” return to the team for this weekend’s series in Washington, pending the results of the reliever’s second rehab outing.

"We just need to make sure that his arm’s back in shape," Girardi said. "He only threw 11 pitches (Sunday). I think he threw a few more in the bullpen. I hear no complaints today so that’s a good thing.''

Thursday marks exactly one month since Robertson went on the disabled list with a rib cage strain, and he will likely return to his eighth-inning set-up role when he is activated.

In addition to Robertson’s second rehab outing, Tuesday’s game marked the Triple-A debut of right-hander John Maine, who was signed to a Minor League deal on May 25. Maine followed Robertson on the mound and gave up three runs in three innings of work to earn the victory. Scranton won the game 9-7.

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