Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday in Clearwater that he is hopeful his former closer in New York, David Robertson, will return during the second half of the season.

Robertson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies during last offseason with hopes to bolster the Phillies bullpen after a strong 2018 with the Yankees. Robertson registered a 3.23 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, in 69.2 innings with five saves and 21 holds.

Last year he appeared in just seven games before Tommy John surgery in mid-August, struggling with a 5.40 ERA, 2.10 WHIP in 6 2/3 innings before the injury shut him down in early April.

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