Manager Joe Girardi waited until after the New York Yankees’ Monday home opener to announce that the team had placed new closer, David Robertson, on the 15-day disabled list. The injury came during the final inning of the Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. An MRI revealed that Robertson, 28, has a Grade-1 groin strain.
Robertson has spent the past three seasons as the set-up man for legendary Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera. He had an opportunity in 2012 to play in Rivera’s stead when Rivera suffered a season ending knee injury but was sidelined himself with an oblique strain. It appears Robertson will be watching from the sidelines again, at least for the next two weeks.
In Robertson’s absence the Yankees’ used Shawn Kelley to close Monday against the Orioles. They also have, and will likely use, a variety of pitchers to close in the next two weeks. Adam Warren, David Phelps and rookie Dellin Betances are all possibilities to get the call by Girardi in the ninth inning.