David Robertson’s Injury Worse than First Thought

New York Yankees set-man David Robertson’s status for opening day could be in question. The key high-leverage reliever injured his foot while stumbling on a set of stairs. Robertson – who is currently in a walking boot – had an MRI on the foot, which raised further questions about the severity of the injury, according to manager Joe Girardi. The right-hander will undergo further tests, including a CT scan and a weight-bearing x-ray.

The injury – if serious enough for Robertson to miss significant time – could put added strain on the Yankees bullpen with Rafael Soriano, coming off an injury of his own, likely moving up to take the key eighth-inning duties. It could also increase the roles of pitchers such as Phil Hughes and Dellin Betances, giving them a chance to shine. The organization has a lot of depth in the starting rotation, but less so in the bullpen.

Robertson, who is the likely heir apparent to closer Mariano Rivera, was almost unhittable (5.40 H/9) and tied for sixth in the Majors in reliever shutdowns with 37. He fanned 13.50 batters per nine innings and allowed just one home run in more than 60 innings of work. Most 2012 projections had Robertson posting numbers that would place him among the best in the Majors once again.

The loss of Robertson for a significant period of time will not have the same impact as losing someone like Robinson Cano or Mark Teixeira but it could very well cost the club a couple of wins early on in the season. Foot injuries also have a habit of lingering. With any luck Robertson’s injury will prove to be modest with only a few weeks on the sidelines.



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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects, depth charts and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.


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Shaun Catron
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Shaun Catron
4 years 2 months ago

His xTRIP lets us know that the fall wasn’t a complete fluke.

Dylan
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Dylan
4 years 2 months ago

well played, sir

RationalSportsFan
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4 years 2 months ago

+1, but making wide-sweeping judgments based off of one trip is insanity. We need at least 1,350 trips before we can get a meaningful xTRIP.

steex
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steex
4 years 2 months ago

Absolutely, screams SSS.

jaysfan2012
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jaysfan2012
4 years 2 months ago

best fangraphs post EVER. let us not forget that we also saw A.J.’s incident coming, well with the unimaginably high xBALLINFACE. I am sure he will return back to his career norm this season and he should be fine though.

Jon
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Jon
4 years 2 months ago

do we know how many steps were in the stairs he was walking down? id like to know his trip/step ratio

steex
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steex
4 years 2 months ago

I agree – I’d prefer to be able to at least calculate a rate stat here, even if not regressed. I thought we were all beyond counting stats.

Jibbidybow
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Jibbidybow
4 years 2 months ago

PHIL HUGHES IS A STARTING PITCHER. That is all.

Eric
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Eric
4 years 2 months ago

Drunk. guaranteed

MikeS
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MikeS
4 years 2 months ago

Pretty much any time you here about somebody being injured doing something mundane (like Jeff Kent “washing his truck”) it’s a safe bet that unless somebody caught it on film they were doing something expressly forbidden by their contract like riding a dirt bike or skydiving.

joser
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joser
4 years 2 months ago

The thing is, contracts generally don’t expressly forbid things like ironing your shirt while wearing it or dreaming about spiders or falling asleep in a tanning bed or opening a DVD with a knife, and yet

joser
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joser
4 years 2 months ago

Not to mention today’s news of David Price losing a fight with his towel (and apparently not for the first time — you’d think with that track record they would’ve put “THE PLAYER shall remain sweaty” in the contract).

Polka
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4 years 2 months ago

Still drafting him…..in a 7×7 League where Holds count. While everyone is chasing saves and paying fore them I get Robertson, Mike Adams, and Sergio Romo for about $4 combined and wimn Holds, ERA and Whip….Thats why I eat saves and steals too, but that somehow still gives me middle of the pack sucess!

Brian Cartwright
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Brian Cartwright
4 years 2 months ago

Several years ago I turned my ankle going down steps. The ER doc sent me home with crutches and pain pills, but it took 3 months to walk normally and almost a year for all traces to disappear.

pft
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pft
4 years 2 months ago

You may have torn a ligament, or suffered a fracture (X-rays don’t catch them all). I had a similar problem with my ankle 25 years ago, I was on crutches for a month. Still remember going down the stairs of the plane on crutches with my brief case at KaiTak in the rain 3 weeks after I sprained it and then hopping up a really high step onto the terminal bus on the tarmac.. Never did fully recover although I can walk normally.

Unlike Robertson, my ankle swelled up to my knee, they had to cut it open to remove the blood clots. I suspect he has a fracture.

Tom B
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Tom B
4 years 2 months ago

You can suspect whatever you want, I suspect you visited an awful doctor.

reillocity
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reillocity
4 years 2 months ago

Were you celebrating a walk-off grand slam while descending the steps?

Adrock
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Adrock
4 years 2 months ago

I salute you, FanGraphs posters, on a fine thread relating to very mundane news.

geo
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geo
4 years 2 months ago

I’ll bet it’s some sort of Lisfranc injury. Chien-Ming Wang, anybody?

Joebrady
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4 years 2 months ago

There is always more to it than the headlines show.

Past that, this only goes to show why the NYY were wise to pay $12,000,000 for a 7th inning RP.

Tom B
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Tom B
4 years 2 months ago

… no!

mb194911
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mb194911
4 years 2 months ago

You’re all terrible fans. At 5 years old I sprained both ankles. Our front year in Brooklyn had more holes than a Puerto Rican golf course. The PRs were the reason my family, my aunt , uncle and 3 cousins upstairs moved to NJ. Then my 2 sisters and parents moved to North Miami. Jumping from the frying pan to the fire. NJ was nice in between both ghettos. David Robinson will recover quickly and lead the New York Yankees to another World Series Championship, #28. right? Good New York Yankee fans think possitively. They’re MLB Champions, year year out like the New York Giants are the best in the NFL. Shove that up your xTRIP whatever that is!

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