Robertson sprains foot after tumbling down stairs

TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees setup man David Robertson suffered a right midfoot sprain after falling down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring residence, manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday.

Robertson was taken for X-rays on Thursday morning, which were negative, and will also undergo an MRI. The Yankees expect to have results to announce on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m concerned,” Girardi said. “By the way I saw him walking today, it hurt him to walk. You assume that he’s going to be down a little bit of time even if everything comes back OK. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have time to get ready for the season, but you’ve got to start over a little bit, depending on how long he is out.”

Robertson has been fitted for a walking boot, but Girardi does not believe the reliever will miss enough time to place his Opening Day status in jeopardy. Girardi said that Robertson would have to miss more than two weeks of camp for that to be an issue, and added that Robertson may need as little as a single bullpen session to get back into Grapefruit League games.

Robertson, 26, had a breakout season in 2011, registering a 1.08 ERA in 70 games while striking out 100 batters in 66 2/3 innings. He was an American League All-Star, pitching a scoreless inning in the Midsummer Classic in Phoenix. He had been scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla.

“He’s a big guy (in the bullpen),” Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said. “Last year he did a tremendous job. We’re expecting something good out of him this year also.”

Girardi said that Robertson told him that he had missed a step and stumbled on Wednesday evening. He did not initially believe the injury was serious, but noticed a throbbing sensation about an hour later, prompting him to call head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.

“They were empty boxes; they weren’t even heavy boxes,” Girardi said. “I told him, ‘Kick them down the stairs next time.'”

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