What the David Robertson Injury Could Have Meant
Last Thursday the Yankees received quite a scare when David Robertson hurt his foot. Robertson hurt his foot falling down the stairs carrying an empty box, which can only be described as a way you would think a Mets player would get hurt. Girardi said he was concerned and that Robertson would be getting more tests. Girardi normally does not use this type of language if there is not a bad injury so I was pretty confident it was serious. Why foreshadow bad news if there was none coming? Fortunately, Roberston only has a bone bruise in his foot, has shed his walking, played catch without pain, and expects to be back by opening day. What would have happened if Robertson did have to miss significant time though?
What the Robertson scare made me realize that the bullpen is always one injury away from trouble. The Yankees have one of if not the best bullpens in baseball but if Mariano Rivera, Robertson, or Rafael Soriano get hurt you are one man less deep and it hurts. The bullpen is so good because of the quality and depth of the pitchers. I and many Yankee fans have been so spoiled by Rivera always being there to close it out in the 9th. It is not just how amazingly well he gets the job done, but that he is always available to get the job done. He is rarely hurt. If Robertson was out for awhile it would not be the end of the world, but it definitely would have hurt. I believe Soriano would be fine in the 8th inning, the issue would be you loose depth in the bullpen and what happens when Rivera or Soriano need a day off. You would have guys like Corey Wade and Boone Logan taking on much more featured roles. It would not have crippled the team like loosing a key everyday player would though.
The main goal of spring training in my mind is to get out completely healthy. Sure it is great to see guys producing but it is not that important. There is an old saying that you do not want to waste all your hits in spring training. The Yankees currently are not hitting very well but I will gladly take that over a key injury any day. As long as the players are in shape and ready to go by opening day than spring training has been a success. Robertson is a big part of the Yankees and thankfully he should be able to continue to be a big part of this team going forward.