David Robertson or what we come to known as "D-Rob". Robertson has given the Yankees another reputable and reliable arm in their bullpen, which by the way is having a strong performance this season. It seems that Robertson is an automatic assurance in their post-season roster spot. But he got injured last Sept.5 (elbow stiffness). Will he ever play in the play-offs? Yankee Manager Girardi is confident that he will play. Robertson is back in the line-up and his last outing against the Royals shows no sign of pain in his elbow and there is a possibility that he could make the roster.
Here is Joe Girardi's comments:
- "In bullpen situations, you want guys that have the ability to strike guys out when they come in during the middle innings with guys on base,"
- "He definitely has that, and that's an important piece of the puzzle".
This are Robertson's quotes:
- "The elbow felt great, I didn't have any problems at all warming up. It felt really good. It felt just like normal. And then once I got out of the game, it felt the exact same. It felt like it was a month ago."
Though Robertson's inclusion on the postseason roster is no guarantee, another strong outing on Friday against the Rays in St. Petersburg could solidify his case. Currently, Robertson, Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Alfredo Aceves and Chad Gaudin are all in contention for what appears to be three open spots in a seven-man American League Division Series bullpen.
Robertson, easily the best strikeout artist of the bunch if he's healthy, would seem to have an early advantage based on those merits.
Let's just hope D-Rob remains healthy. We're gonna need him come play-off time.