David Robertson is still weeks away from rejoining Yankees

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David Robertson has been out since May 11 with a strained oblique muscle and today general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees reliever is at least two weeks from potentially coming off the disabled list.

Robertson was manager Joe Girardi’s initial choice to replace Mariano Rivera as closer, but by the time he returns Rafael Soriano may have a pretty firm grip on the job. Soriano is 6-for-6 converting saves while allowing just one run in seven appearances since taking over for Robertson, and overall this season he has a 1.96 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings.

That’s a moot point for now, as Robertson hasn’t even resumed throwing yet. When asked about his potential return timetable, Cashman replied: “I would shoot for not earlier than mid-June.”

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.