ATLANTA -- Yankees reliever David Robertson is expected to be activated from the disabled list in time for his club's weekend Interleague series at Nationals Park beginning on Friday night, manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday. Robertson made his second relief outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Louisville on Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y., and pitched an inning without incident, tossing 14 pitches. "He's fine," Girardi said before Tuesday night's game against the Braves. "He'll be [in Atlanta on Wednesday] -- not active -- and if everything is OK, we'll probably activate him on Friday."
Robertson has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a left oblique strain. He had already pitched one clean inning on Sunday against Louisville, throwing 11 pitches, eight of them strikes. 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. Overall, he has allowed four earned runs and whiffed 24 batters in 14 1/3 innings.Girardi said there really is nothing else Robertson needs to accomplish before the Yanks activate him. "You just want to make sure he's OK [on Wednesday]," Girardi said.