There must be rejoicing at The Sommer Frieze, for the Yankees have called up David Robertson, who has dominated this year at AA Trenton and AAA SWB. Not someone with a gun of a fastball, Robertson is characterized as 88-91 with the fastball, with a sharp curve, a ground-ball pitcher but clearly capable of the K. In Scranton, Robertson was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 IP, fanning 48, and with a low 1.03 WHIP in 20 appearances. Adding a guy with the potential to go more than one inning and be effective would be a huge addition to the bullpen right now, since Ohlendorf cannot, Igawa cannot be trusted, Bruney isn’t quite back yet, and Edwar has been very shaky. Let’s see if he can be that guy. I just love that he’s getting a chance. Let’s hope it’s more than what Britton got.
In negative news, Matsui had his knee drained again, and the DL might not suffice to heal him. The Yankees are talking surgery as worst-case scenario, not a good sign even if it’s only mentioned and only down the road as an alternative. Expect to see more of Christian until JD is fully healthy, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gardner get a crack as the physical cracks form and spiderweb.