Phillies reliever David Robertson has suffered a setback in his recovery from a flexor strain and will require season-ending right elbow surgery, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among those to report. A Tommy John procedure is a possibility for Robertson.
One of the Phillies’ key offseason acquisitions, Robertson’s balky elbow has kept him out of action since mid-April. The 34-year-old struggled before landing on the shelf, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and six walks (with six strikeouts) in 6 2/3 innings. Now, if Robertson needs TJ surgery, he could miss most or all of next season. That would render the two-year, $23MM he signed with the Phillies last offseason a wash for the club.
It’s surprising to see the normally durable Robertson unable to take the mound. He entered the season with nine straight seasons of at least 60-plus innings with the Yankees and White Sox, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons the Phillies committed a significant amount of money to him. The deal has been a disaster to this point, though, and the Phillies may end up getting no value from it.