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David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Mike Pelfrey, C.J. Nitkowski and Ryan Braun

Yankees reliever David Robertson throws in the bullpen

Yankees reliever David Robertson throws in the bullpen at spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

It doesn't sound good for David Robertson, who injured his right foot Wednesday night. Perhaps we'll get more information today.

At times like this, however, it's worth remembering that relief pitchers, except for the truly elites like Mariano Rivera, are both volatile and replaceable. Maybe Robertson could have replicted his 2011 season in 2012 if not for this injury. I would've bet against that, however. His strand rate of 89.8 percent - his "Houdini act," in other words - is pretty difficult to sustain, no matter how calm he remains in times of adversity.

--And speaking of expected regression, Ivan Nova pitched poorly on Thursday.

--Speaking of pitching poorly, Mike Pelfrey didn't show much in his first Grapefruit League start. This is a crucial season for Pelfrey personally, aside from how badly the Mets need him to improve. If he puts up numbers similar to last year, then he'd be a prime candidate to be non-tendered, rather than offered arbitration again.

--C.J. Nitkowski auditioned for the Mets yesterday. I hope Nitkowski, a great guy, finds an opportunity somewhere.

--Ryan Braun talked a little to reporters about the extra scrutiny he is undergoing, in the wake of his brush with a failed illegal PED test.

Ultimately, from a legal/procedural standpoint, Braun is the only person who was wronged. His test never should have become public, since he wound up winning the appeal.

Having written that, however, I'd bet heavily that the leak resulted from someone with whom Braun or his camp communicated. The odds favor the notion that Braun and his camp simply didn't do a good enough job of covering their tracks.

--Stop by later for a contest.

Tags: Mike Pelfrey , Ivan Nova , David Robertson , C.J. Nitkowski , Ryan Braun

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