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David Robertson Has Bone Bruise; Should Return Soon

David Robertson (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

David Robertson (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — David Robertson limped into the Yankees clubhouse, still using crutches and wearing an oversized black boot on his right foot.

Two days after Robertson got hurt, doctors determined Friday that the All-Star reliever has a bone bruise on his right foot. Robertson will wear a protective boot through Sunday, and the New York Yankees manager expects him to be ready for opening day on April 6.

After that he will “go as he can tolerate it” according to Girardi.

The Yankees will not rush him back. “We’re not gonna throw him in a game until he feels good,” Girardi said.

Robertson had an X-ray and an MRI on Thursday morning. The Yankees then sent him back to a hospital in the afternoon for a CT scan and a weight-bearing X-ray.

“First MRI they said that there wasn’t anything really wrong,” said Robertson. “They just had some questionable things, just wanted to make sure.”

The second round of tests were sent to New York to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. The Yankees said Ahmad would consult with Dr. Justin Greisberg, whose specialties include orthopedic surgery and foot trauma.

“Something didn’t look, I guess it didn’t look perfect. So it could be just the angle of the MRI,” he said of the initial scans. “That’s why we went back and did a second round of testing, just to make sure they got a good view of it.”

New York has bad memories of pitchers and injured feet. Chien-Ming Wang sprained the Lisfranc ligament in his right foot while running the bases at Houston on June 15, 2008, and missed the rest of the season. Wang struggled to a 1-6 record with a 9.64 ERA when he returned the following year. He needed shoulder surgery that sidelined him until last July, when he came back to the majors with the Washington Nationals.

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