Robertson allowed two runs, five hits and a walk in two innings in a minor-league game Friday. He threw 34 pitches, 22 for strikes, in his third appearance since returning from a bone bruise in his right foot.
“He’s still developing arm strength,” Girardi said. “He wanted to work on his fastball today a lot to try and develop that arm strength.”
That was part of the reason Robertson threw two innings.
“I think he’ll be ready,” Girardi said of Opening Day. “Hopefully, today was a step in the right direction. I don’t think he’s too far away.”
Adam Warren is scheduled to start Saturday in Kissimmee against the Astros, followed by CC Sabathia Sunday, Hiroki Kuroda Monday and Ivan Nova Tuesday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Girardi said “we believe there’s a chance” Pedro Feliciano, who had shoulder surgery in September, could be back late this year, though that is considered a long shot.