UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.”
David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that X-rays were negative, but Robertson is expected to undergo an MRI exam as well and will be in a walking boot in the meantime.
Manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that the injury won’t keep Robertson from being ready for Opening Day, but it’s obviously too early to know that with any kind of certainty.
Losing Robertson would be a big blow to the Yankees, as he’s become one of the best, most dominant setup men in baseball and was nearly unhittable last season with a 1.08 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 67 innings working in front of Mariano Rivera. And it might also mean a return to the bullpen for Phil Hughes.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.