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David Robertson placed on DL

David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees

David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles. (April 30, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

The closer's job is all yours, Rafael Soriano.

David Robertson, the Yankees' set-up man turned part-time closer, is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Robertson inherited at least a share of the closing duties when Mariano Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee earlier this month. Now the job falls to Soriano, an experienced closer, but a pitcher behind both Rivera and Robertson on the depth chart for much of the past two seasons.

Soriano has nailed down the Yankees' last two save opportunities, both of which came with Robertson unavailable.

Robertson incurred the injury while pitching against Seattle on Friday, his last appearance, and still felt soreness the following day. He told reporters Monday that he had not thrown off the mound or lifted weights since.

After the injury to Rivera, Joe Girardi initially said the closer's role would be split between Soriano and Robertson. But Soriano remains the last man standing.

"I don't doubt he can do the job," the Yankees' manager told the media Tuesday. "I've seen him do it before."

Soriano has 92 career saves, including a league-leading 45 with Tampa Bay in 2010. He was signed after that season to a three-year, $35 million contract by the Yankees with the idea that he would be the team's set-up man. But Soriano struggled and Robertson took over the role, earning an All-Star selection in 2011.

Soriano is 4-3 with a 3.71 ERA for the Yankees, including 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA this season.

The Yankees called up Cody Eppley to take Robertson's place on the roster.


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