Yankees RHP Robertson headed to DLCloser has Grade 1 groin strain; Kelley likely to fill in
"We think he did it in the game (Sunday), but he didn't say anything," Girardi said of Robertson's injury after the Yankees' 4-2 win over Baltimore Monday. "We learned of it today when he came in and said he was sore. We sent him for an MRI and it revealed a Grade 1 strain."
“It wasn’t like a pull or a pop, I just felt soreness coming home (with a pitch) and it just got gradually worse,” Robertson added. "“I think it’s going to be a 15-day thing. 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.”
The Yankees replaced Robertson on the roster on Tuesday morning by recalling LHP Cesar Cabral from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
With Robertson out, Girardi stopped short of naming a "successor" to the closer's role in the interim, although he did intimate that Shawn Kelley would likely get the bulk of the opportunities.
"My closer depends on where they are in the lineup, but Kelley is where I went today and he's going to get opportunities," Girardi said. "It's not what you want but you have to figure it out. Other guys have to step up and get the job done and you expect them to do that."
Kelley recorded his first career save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Monday, and while he was ecstatic to mark that notch in his belt, he expressed his dismay with Robertson's injury.
"He started off great and he's our best reliever, so it forces all of us to throw an inning later," Kelley said, "but injuries are part of the game and we have to overcome it."
And, he is confident that both he and the rest of the relief corps can more than hold down the fort in Robertson's absence.
"We saw today what we're capable of and hopefully we can keep doing that going forward," Kelley said. "Regardless of the role or situation, my job is to get outs, so I'm going to go out there and pitch my game and try to get outs like I always have."
The Yankees did also announce one other injury-related note on Monday: Mark Teixeira's MRI showed a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, and the skipper hopes the first baseman will be able to return soon after he is eligible.
"Hopefully it's not too long. He probably won't do a whole lot for a week and then go from there."