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30 David Robertson RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/195 | Birthdate: 4/9/1985 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: Alabama | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/14 | Average Draft Position: 123.99
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David Robertson still on track for Tuesday return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson completed a bullpen session on Thursday without any issues and remains on track to return from the disabled list, when eligible, Tuesday against the Red Sox, MLB.com reports. Robertson was placed on the disabled list on April 7 due to a groin strain.

"I'll definitely try to focus more on stretching it a little better before games; kind of do my prep work a little better instead of just walking out to the bullpen," Robertson said.

David Robertson on schedule for Tuesday return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson is slated to throw off the mound Thursday, which would put him in line to be activated off the disabled list when he's eligible next Tuesday.

Robertson has been dealing with a groin injury. He was off to a fine start as the replacement in that role for Mariano Rivera. He converted both of his save opportunities and yielded just one hit in three scoreless innings.


David Robertson remains on track to return April 22


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Yankees pitcher David Robertson (groin) played catch for the second time this week, according to ESPN New York on Friday. The plan is for Robertson to throw off flat ground before throwing a bullpen or two, as he remains on track to return from the disabled list on April 22. 

David Robertson throws from flat ground Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Yankees pitcher David Robertson threw from flat ground Wednesday, Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports.

Robertson is in a holding pattern as the team determines his next step. He's recovering from a groin strain that earned him a trip to the disabled list Monday.


David Robertson believes he'll be back in 15 days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson doesn't think he'll need to be on the disabled list past the minimum 15 days, according to MLB.com.

Robertson was placed on the DL with a groin strain Monday. It's not clear who will replace Robertson in the ninth inning while he's out. Shawn Kelley converted his first opportunity, tossing a perfect ninth inning against the Orioles Monday.


David Robertson placed on disabled list Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson has been placed on the disabled list with a groin strain Monday, according to the Star-Ledger.

Shawn Kelley picked up the save Monday, but manager Joe Girardi said he wasn't sure who would replace Robertson in the ninth inning. Robertson had not given up a run in three appearances this season. 


David Robertson finishes off second save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson stranded two runners in the ninth inning Sunday to earn his second save in a 6-4 win.

The right-handed reliever allowed a one-out single to Brett Lawrie and a one-out walk to Adam Lind before working out of trouble. He got Colby Rasmus to pop out to third and Melky Cabrera to line out to right field to end the game.

Robertson hasn't allowed a run in three innings this season. He gave up his first hit and walk Sunday.


David Robertson given Saturday off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson will not earn a save Saturday - he is unavailable after pitching on successive days.

Robertson nailed down his first save Friday since taking over the job for retired legend Mariano Rivera. He retired the Astros in order with one strikeout.


David Robertson records easy first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson got his first chance to step into Mariano Rivera's footprints Thursday, as he shut the door on the Astros in a 4-2 win.

Robertson worked an uneventful ninth inning to record his first save of the season. He retired the Astros in order on 13 pitches, striking out one batter to close out the win.

Robertson has proven to be a strong option late in games, but this is his first opportunity to pitch as a full-time closer. He posted a 2.04 ERA in 66 1/3 innings a year ago.


Yankees, David Robertson refute claim of diminished velocity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) One scout told the New York Post it appeared Yankees closer David Robertson might have lost some velocity on his fastball this spring.

"He was 88 to 90 mph the last time I saw him and he is usually 92 and a tick above," the scout said. "His velocity was down a little bit. He can usually pop out a 93. I don’t know, he might have been working on something, but it was down."

As far as Robertson is concerned, a drop in velocity is news to him.

"I feel like I was throwing harder this spring than I ever have," he said, per The Star-Ledger. "That's good. I mean, I don't throw hard anyway to begin with."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't buying what is being said about Robertson.

"You know I heard that the other day and that's not what we had our gun," Girardi said. "We had him up to 93, a lot of 91 and 92, which is pretty normal for David Robertson."


David Robertson remains unscored upon this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Yankees pitcher David Robertson tossed a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Phillies, walking one while allowing no hits and recording no strikeouts.

Robertson has surrendered just one hit and two walks while striking out five in six innings over seven appearances this spring. He's inheriting the closer job from all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera in 2014.


David Robertson pitching well in brief appearances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Yankees closer David Robertson hasn't gotten much work this spring, but when he has been on the hill, he's been very effective. Robertson hasn't allowed a run or hit in two spring appearances.

In fact, the only base runner to reach against Robertson came via a hit batter in his first appearance March 3. He has one strikeout in two innings.


David Robertson taking simple approach to closing out games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Yankees reliever David Robertson is taking a simple approach to moving into the closer's role.

"Throwing the eighth or ninth inning, you’ve still got to get three outs," he said, per The Associated Press. "You’ve got to be effective. You can’t give up a lead. I’m not going to try to overthink the whole situation.”

The Yankees continue to show confidence in Robertson replacing Mariano Rivera.

"He’s been in some huge situations here," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "He’s been around Mo. He’s in a good position to know what he has to do. He’s done everything that you could ask him to do to this point to become a closer. Now it’s just a matter of executing the pitches. Unless he gets overwhelmed by the situation, I don’t anticipate major problems."


David Robertson viewing closer's role like he's the 'front-runner'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Yankees on a few occasions have given a strong indication the closer's job will go to David Robertson in 2014. Though, Robertson is entering spring training with the mentality he has to earn the job.

"It's not officially mine yet," Robertson told MLB Network Radio Tuesday. "I guess I'm the front-runner for the job and that's how I'm going to approach it."


Yankees have 'confidence' in David Robertson as closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) While the Yankees have refrained from formally announcing David Robertson as the team's closer, owner Hal Steinbrenner gave a pretty strong indication the team is expecting Robertson to handle the ninth-inning duties in 2014, according to the New York Post.

"We are going to continue to look, but no doubt we have already spent a lot of money this offseason," Steinbrenner said. "I have a lot of confidence in Robertson and so does Joe [Girardi]. Robertson is going to be our closer, and I believe he will do a good job. We have done a lot to improve our team and we just have to understand that you cannot be perfect everywhere."


David Robertson, Yankees avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Yankees pitcher David Robertson avoided arbitration with the club.

Robertson is set to earn $5.215 million next season. He's coming off a season in which he posted a 2.04 ERA in 66 1/3 innings.


David Robertson has best chance to win closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said reliever David Robertson will have the best chance at winning the closer's job, but he refrained from naming Robertson the closer, according to The Journal News.

Mariano Rivera endorses David Robertson as closer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) Though the Yankees are expected to explore the free agent market in their search to replace retired closer Mariano Rivera, Rivera told The Journal News he would like to see David Robertson, his setup man of the last few years, in the role.

"Hopefully, they give him the job, because he can do that," Rivera said. "You don't know how you're going to respond. You cannot [judge] a pitcher from five outings, or three or two outings. You have to allow [time] to see what you have. I think that's exactly what they did with me. As a matter of fact, I blew like three or four saves in the first week. If they would have given up on me, we would never have this."

Robertson could still end up closing for the Yankees in 2014, but they were much quicker to commit to Rivera as John Wetteland's replacement heading into the 1997 season.

"I knew because they called me, they told me," Rivera said. "It's not surprising [that the Yankees are leaving options open this time]. They want to make sure, I guess. I don't know how they want to run it, but they want to make sure that they explore all of their abilities or chances."


Yankees to consider closer options besides David Robertson


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/6/2013) ESPN.com reports that the Yankees are open to finding a replacement for retired closer Mariano Rivera on the free agent market. Though manager Joe Girardi recently commented that David Robertson was the team's best closer option heading into the offseason, one source has said that the organization is open to keeping Robertson in his current setup role.

The source told ESPN.com on Wednesday, "[Signing a closer] is on the list of potential things that [the Yankees] are looking at. It may not be at the top of the list, but it's there."


David Robertson leading closer candidate for now


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/23/2013) Though the Yankees have yet to commit to a successor to closer Mariano Rivera, manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that David Robertson is the team's best option going into next season, barring an offseason move. Girardi told MLB.com, "I think he's a guy that has the ability to [close]. Right now, that's our best candidate."

In 2012, Robertson posted his third consecutive season with at least 30 holds and a sub-3.00 ERA. In addition to three saves, he finished with 33 holds and a 2.04 ERA.


David Robertson closes out Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Yankees reliever David Robertson collected his third save of the season Friday night against the Astros. He made quick work of Houston as he struck out one and needed only seven pitches to retire the side in order to preserve a 3-2 victory.  

Robertson converted his first save since Aug. 22. He owns a 2.07 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 65 1/3 innings.


David Robertson pulls win for Yankees


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Yankees pitcher David Robertson (shoulder) took the mound Wednesday in Baltimore and ended up earning a win in the game. 

Robertson, pitching for the first time since Sept. 5, moved to 5-1 as he allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out a batter over 18 pitches. His ERA is at 1.82. 


David Robertson to be available Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and all went well, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Robertson expects to be available out of the bullpen for the Yankees Wednesday against Baltimore. 

David Robertson almost back for Yankees


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Yankees reliever David Robertson is expected to play catch Monday, The Journal News reports. He also hopes to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Robertson seems confident that these next two steps performed with no issues should be enough for him to return to the mound for New York. That said, manager Joe Girardi is unsure if he'll be available for the Yankees Tuesday.

"I’ll do what the training staff and everyone tells us he’s ready to do,” Girardi said. “I’d take him today if I could have him."

David Robertson still needs time


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Yankees reliever David Robertson said Saturday that he feels better, the New York Post reports. That said, he still plans to take 3-4 more days off before he begins playing catch.

Robertson will then complete a bullpen session before he returns for the Yankees. He did say he's not worried that this is a significant injury.