Phillies reliever David Robertson will not pitch again this season, The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro reports, as the right-hander is expected to undergo surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. Robertson may need to undergo Tommy John surgery as well.
Robertson, 34, signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies in January. He appeared in seven games before landing on the injured list in mid-April where he’s been ever since. Robertson allowed four runs on eight hits and six walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
If Robertson needs to undergo Tommy John surgery, there’s a high likelihood he won’t be able to pitch at all in 2020. The Phillies do hold a club option for his 2021 season at $12 million with a $2 million buyout.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: