Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

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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.”

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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.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.