While all involved are convinced it’s nothing serious, White Sox closer David Robertson told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com this afternoon that he has been dealing with some soreness in his forearm.
Robertson, who signed a four-year, $46 million deal with Chicago over the winter, hasn’t appeared in a game since Saturday and has allowed four runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit-by-pitch over just 4 2/3 innings this spring. However, he was able to make it through a bullpen session on Thursday.
“I felt pretty good,” Robertson said. “I just don’t want to push anything. That’s the big thing. I have a little soreness. It’s not bad. I don’t foresee a problem. I just don’t want to injure myself worse when I’ve got a week or two to get it right.
The hope is that Robertson will be able to pitch in back-to-back games before the end of spring training. It will be something to worry about if he’s still feeling sore a week from now, but he still has some time to get right.
Robertson took over the Yankees closer role from Mariano Rivera last season and posted a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.