UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future.
David Robertson’s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start.
Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record his first save, couldn’t escape another jam in blowing his second save chance, and has been unavailable since May 11 with an oblique/ribcage injury that manager Joe Girardi was able to keep a secret until last night.
And the cat only exited the bag when Rafael Soriano closed out an 8-5 victory in Robertson’s place.
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that Robertson is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam and X-rays, but the reliever insisted that he’s “not too concerned” about the injury being a long-term issue.
For now he remains on the active roster and Soriano is the Yankees’ new fill-in closer.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.