Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

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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.

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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.