The New York Yankees have placed closer David Robertson on the 15 day disabled list with a groin strain as per Ken Rosenthal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 7, 2014
This news broke after the Yankees victory over the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Yankees TV announcer Michael Kay assumed that Robertson was being given a day off after pitching in three of the Yankees six games thus far in the young season, recording two saves, but that was not the case, it was far worse news than Robertson just needing a day.
Robertson was given the task of replacing the now retired Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer; a responsibility that was never going to be easy given the greatness of Mariano, who was, in most people’s opinions, the best closer in the history of the game. Robertson seemed not be phased by his new role in the early season, converting on his two save opportunities and pitching three scoreless innings.
Shawn Kelley closed out the Yankees home opener today and it seems will be next in line to take the ball in save situations with Robertson on the shelf. Kelley has pitched 2.1 innings in 2014 and has yet to surrender a run.