(BALTIMORE) — In less than two weeks, the New York Yankees have lost two closers. The team announced that they have put reliever David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
Robertson suffered the injury while pitching against the Seattle Mariners on May 11. He felt pain the next day and the team decided to let him rest over the next three days before decided a trip to the DL was the best option. Robertson’s injury comes just comes just eight days after he was named the closer after Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL and was lost of the season. The injury, though, is not considered serious.
“We don’t think it’s too severe but it’s hard to tell. Obliques can be tricky,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We expect him not to pick up a baseball for probably seven to 10 days and then we’ll see where we are after that.”
Replacing Robertson will be Rafael Soriano. Even though Soriano has just four saves combined since last season, he has done the job before and at a high level. In 2009, he saved 27 games and in 2010 he saved 45 games.
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Jill Martin, CNN