Sigh of relief for Robertson

The Yankees averted a major scare this past week when the freak accident suffered by David Robertson turned out to be a bone bruise in his right foot and not any kind of fracture. The great fear there for a few days while the Yankees had various tests taken on Robertson’s damaged puppy was that he might have sprained the  Lisfranc ligament, an injury that would have shelved the righthander for at least three months. A similar injury to Chien-Ming Wang in June 2008 forced him to be shut down for the rest of that season and may have contributed to shoulder problems that have plagued his career.

That is where Robertson needs to be careful from this point on. While rehabilitating the foot, David must be careful not to alter his delivery in any way. Scores of arm injuries over the years have been tied to pitchers changing their motion to reduce stress on ailments elsewhere on their bodies. It appears that Robertson will be shut down for at least two weeks before resuming pitching.

Yankees fans can be grateful that the injury occurred so early in spring training, which should give Robertson sufficient time to get healthy and be ready to open the season with the club in April. Robertson enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011, pitching to a 1.08 ERA over 70 appearances in which he posted a 4-0 record with 1 save and 100 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

All those strikeouts helped raise money for a foundation — High Socks for Hope –that David and his wife Erin created to fund recovery efforts for families devastated by last year’s tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Robertson’s hometown. The foundation raised more than $200,000, which was acknowledged by the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with its presenting him the Joan Payson Award for community service in January.

David also needs to heed the advice of trainer Steve Donohue. After Robertson explained how he hurt the foot by missing a step and tumbling down the staircase of his rented house in St. Petersburg, Fla., while taking empty boxes out to the recycling bin, Donohue said, “Next time, just kick them down the stairs.”


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