The New York Yankees may have won Monday’s match-up against the Baltimore Orioles, but the bigger news was what had happened the day before to their closer David Robertson. The heir to closer Mariano Rivera pulled his left-groin while closing out a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
[pullquote]It forces all of us to throw another inning later, so obviously, that’s not good for the whole ‘pen. But injuries are part of it, and we’ve got to overcome it.[/pullquote]
Joe Girardi announced after Monday’s win that the Yankees closer, who had a brilliant spring training, would be shelved for at least two weeks and quite possibly longer. Girardi named Shawn Kelley as the most likely candidate to get called upon first, although he left the competition open stating, “It’s not what you want, but you’ve got to figure it out. Other guys will get a chance to step up. You expect them to step up and get the job done in his absence. We’ve had to deal with things like this before. We just need guys to step up.”
Kelley added, “It forces all of us to throw another inning later, so obviously, that’s not good for the whole ‘pen. But injuries are part of it, and we’ve got to overcome it. You saw today what we’re capable of, and hopefully we can string it together until he gets back.”
The Yankees are a team that has been decimated with injuries lately, just having had to place veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring. Any fill-in Yankees closer will have plenty of save opportunities. Stay tuned to FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports as we will discuss this and much more in this week’s Closer Report set for release in just a few days. In the mean time go run and grab Kelley and stash him if you have the room.