I mentioned this in my post season rosters piece, but I felt like it was important enough that it needed to be pointed out. According to Peter Abraham of the Journal News, right handed pitcher David Robertson has been cleared to pitch but is not expected to pitch until tomorrow.
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Robertson has been out since September 5 with a sore elbow. When he initially felt pain in the elbow the Yankees sent him to see Dr. James Andrews to take a look at it which always means there was a possibility of surgery. The good doctor decided that surgery wasn’t necessary though and told him he could pitch again after a short rehab stint.
Robertson quietly worked his way up the bullpen depth chart this season thanks to some impressive numbers from the 24-year-old. Since he was called up for good on May 26 Robertson appeared in 37 games, he threw 36.1 innings with a 3.22 ERA, and 54 strike outs. He lead all AL relievers with a 13.39 K/9 rate. His biggest flaw has been that he can sometimes be wild.
If he’s healthy he should be on the playoff roster, but manager Joe Girardi might not completely trust him coming off of injury. If that is the case he may want to see him make a couple of appearances between now and the playoffs. If he displays poor command they may go with someone else, perhaps Brian Bruney.