Yankees activate David Robertson from the disabled list

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Yankees closer David Robertson is back from the disabled list after missing the past two weeks with a strained groin.

Shawn Kelley was the primary fill-in for Robertson, who took over the closer role on a full-time basis after five seasons as Mariano Rivera’s setup man. He made an appearance in extended spring training over the weekend to convince the Yankees he was ready to return.

If he can stay healthy Robertson has a chance to immediately emerge as one of the best closers in baseball. At age 29 he has a 2.74 ERA and 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, including a 2.04 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings last year.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.