Yankees reliever David Robertson met with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, and the famed orthopedic surgeon recommended the right-hander rest for 10-14 days to alleviate the stiffness in his throwing elbow. Robertson, who was shut down from throwing as of Tuesday, met with Dr. Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., according to The Associated Press. Robertson, 24, is scheduled to begin a throwing program after the period of rest. In 41 innings over 42 appearances, Robertson has struck out 61 batters and posted a 3.29 ERA, working as a middle reliever in the Yankees' bullpen.
After first experiencing discomfort two weeks ago, Robertson continued to pitch, compiling five strikeouts over three shutout innings in September. But the discomfort has increased to the point that the Yankees grew concerned. The club administered an MRI on Monday and asked Dr. Andrews to review the results. The AP report also said the Yankees announced catcher Kevin Cash cleared waivers and became a free agent. He was waived Saturday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Josh Towers.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.