Phillies Place Reliever Robertson on the Injured List
When the Phillies signed reliever David Robertson, he was to provide some stability towards the back end. At first, Robertson struggled with his new club. And then Robertson seemed to finally find his stride. However, injury has struck the new Phillies reliever.
According to a Phillies roster announcement, Robertson has been placed on the 10-day Injured List. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the issue is right elbow soreness. To take his place on the active roster, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Drew Anderson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
In an interview with reporters, including Dave Uram of KYW Newsradio, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says that Anderson will serve as "length" in the Phillies bullpen. Up to this point, the Phillies have not had a traditional "long man" in the bullpen. Anderson had an impressive Spring Training with the Phillies as a starter, before making one start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Anderson allowed four earned runs in four innings.
As for Robertson, the Phillies and Robertson reportedly say they are "not concerned". Perhaps this is an excuse for the Phillies to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. The Phillies bullpen threw eight innings during Sunday's victory over the Miami Marlins. Robertson pitched two innings.
After being scored upon in his first three appearances, which included a walk-off loss to the Washington Nationals, Robertson had not been scored upon in four outings since. All in all, Robertson is 0-1 with a 5.40 earned run average.