David Robertson to come off DL, rejoin Yankees on Friday

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After a brief minor-league rehab assignment for a strained oblique muscle David Robertson is ready to return from the disabled list.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that Robertson will join the Yankees in Atlanta tonight and then be activated from the DL in time to be available for Friday’s game against the Nationals.

In his absence Rafael Soriano established himself as the Yankees’ new closer, leaving Robertson to his usual setup man duties after initially getting the nod as Mariano Rivera’s fill-in.

Robertson threw a pair of scoreless innings on his rehab stint at Triple-A, allowing zero baserunners and striking out one batter in each outing. He last pitched for the Yankees on May 11.