Finally, David Robertson has a timetable. The reliever, on the disabled list since May 14 with a strained left oblique, said Friday he is scheduled to pitch this weekend in a rehab game, likely Sunday in Rochester for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

After that, Joe Girardi said, it's "realistic" that Robertson could rejoin the Yankees for their series in Washington next weekend against the Nationals.

"I haven't felt it in a good week," Robertson said of the oblique. "I feel really good. But I'm just trying to be careful with it."

Brett Gardner was scheduled to play Friday night for Class A Charleston and could join the team early next week in Atlanta.

Joba surpriseShortly after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle in a trampoline accident March 22, Joba Chamberlain said, to mostly disbelieving ears, he would pitch again this season. He took another significant step forward Friday, throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa and, even more significant, running sprints in the outfield.

Hughes rollingPhil Hughes enters Saturday's start 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA but has allowed three or fewer runs in five of his last six starts and is coming off a four-hitter. He credits adjustments he's made with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and, to a degree, Andy Pettitte. "I talk to him a lot," Hughes said. "He's a great guy to bounce things off of."

Extra basesDavid Aardsma, signed by the Yankees on Feb. 22 with an eye toward next season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, threw his third batting practice in the last two weeks. He could throw a simulated game in about a week . . . Austin Romine, mostly forgotten after suffering a back injury in spring training, arrived in Tampa, where he will start to play catch and take dry swings.

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