Robertson may rejoin Yanks this weekend

Robertson may rejoin Yanks this weekend

ATLANTA -- Right-handed reliever David Robertson will make at least one more relief outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday at Rochester, N.Y., and if he fares well, he could rejoin the Yankees for their weekend Interleague series at Nationals Park, manager Joe Girardi said on Monday.

Robertson has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a left oblique strain. He pitched one clean inning on Sunday against Louisville, throwing 11 pitches, eight of which were strikes.

Robertson will pitch another inning in an afternoon game, also against Louisville.

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"We're just looking for him to have his arm back in shape," Girardi said before the Yankees renewed their rivalry against the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field. "Just making sure he can bounce back if he throws a day. I heard no complaints today, so that's a good thing."

Robertson made a couple of appearances as a closer after Mariano Rivera went down for the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament early last month. After Robertson was injured, Rafael Soriano assumed the closer's role; the right-hander has nine saves this year but blew one against the Mets in the ninth inning on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in a game the Yankees eventually won, 5-4.

Robertson had one save and one blown save during his short stint as Rivera's fill-in.

Girardi said that Robertson's reactivation is not contingent on the right-hander making appearances in consecutive games.

"We'll make an evaluation after Tuesday, and it's very possible we'll see him this weekend," Girardi said.