Today’s home opener was marred with some bad news. Yankees closer David Robertson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. It’s being classified as a grade 1 strain, which isnt the worst news, but once again manager Joe Giriardi isn’t taking any chances. Robertson apparently injured his groin while closing out Sunday’s game in Toronto, but didn’t tell the team until this morning. Robertson is optimistic bout the injury, he feels he will be ready and 100% in two weeks. That doesn’t mean Yankee fans should. When Mariano Rivera went down in 2012 and Robertson stepped in, and stepped right out of the role with an oblique injury.
Shawn Kelley came out in the 9th of today’s game and recorded his first major league save. Kelley seems like the logical choice to replace Robertson, but Girardi said he isnt quite sure who will takeover the closing duties. Kelley didn’t look too bad out there today, he had a very easy 1-2-3 inning. “I’ll just try to hold down the fort until D-Rob gets back,” Kelley said after the game. One would think those words would be enough to ensure him the spot, but Girardi is going to use a mixture of relievers in the pen to get the job done over the next two weeks. There is a small possibility that GM Brian Cashman looks outside the team, even for the short-term. There are not a lot of legit free agent options, maybe Cash tries and works a trade? Anything is possible. In the meantime it looks like the Yankees will call-up lefty Cesar Cabral or possibly right-hander Shane Greene from Scranton.
This is the second major blow to the team, last week Mark Teixeira was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. He did get some good news today, after tests this morning it turns out it’s only a grade 1 strain. Maybe the better news is he has already been cleared to start rehabbing. He will begin a light exercise program tomorrow, so if all goes according to plan he could be back late next week.