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 Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.