Phillies righty David Robertson, who negotiated a two-year, $23MM deal prior to the season on his own behalf, has undergone Tommy John Surgery and will miss the rest of this season and all of 2020, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Robertson, 34, had been one of baseball’s premier relievers for nearly the entire decade, posting 12.8 fWAR since his breakout 2011 season, fourth highest among all MLB relievers over that span. He’d also been among the most heavily-used, tying Kenley Jansen for fourth in the majors with 521 2/3 IP over the same stretch. Add 33 2/3 postseason innings to that mark, and only Indians righty Tyler Clippard has thrown more reliever innings this decade than the 5’11 righty.
Barring an unforeseen extension or re-up clause, Robertson’s tenure with Philadelphia has likely come to an end after just 6 2/3 total IP. It’s unclear if Robertson will aim to re-stake his claim at the back-end of a big-league bullpen in coming seasons, but elbow reconstructive surgery has not been kind to mid-30s arms, and Robertson’s cutter-heavy repertoire, the staple of a unheralded mix that baffled AL hitters for years on end, may be affected more than most.
It’s the second major elbow injury in the Philly bullpen this season – youngster Seranthony Dominguez also hit the shelf in June with a UCL injury of his own. The club’s also seen lynchpins Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, and Adam Morgan beset with maladies themselves in recent months, leaving a shaky back-end mix of Hector Neris, Nick Pivetta, Juan Nicasio, and Jose Alvarez. Not much was done to help the beleaguered pen at the deadline, so the club’ll have to hope its patchwork unit doesn’t come apart at freshly-stitched seams down the stretch.
Wow, what a terrible deal for Philly! Should have paid Ottavino instead.
Ha ha , they should have drafted Mike Trout
That sucks. Always been a DRob fan.
No surprises here. Thought this was a huge offseason signing, but turned into a big bust.
Leave it to the Phillies and then this master negotiator waits until now to go under the knife. Must have need negotiating that for months too. Hopefully OJ does his surgery. What a bust. Great job Phillies on signing this over used bum.
That’s the answer to a different question.
Different question suggests there was a question in the first place.
That’s the answer to a different matter.
That’s the answer to a different subject.
That’s the answer in a different conversation.
However you want it phrased.
Next you’ll say, shouldn’t be that’s,” but “he’s.”
What has “Jesus Christ” got to do with David Robertson’s Tommy John surgery?
Sid, I’m not sure. That’s what I was wondering from bigdaddyt.
let me guess, Mets fan?
Leave it to the Phillies and then this master negotiator waits until now to go under the knife. Must have been negotiating that for months too. Hopefully OJ does his surgery. What a bust. Great job Phillies on signing this over used bum.
Now that might just be the worst 23 million spent in recent history. Feel for Robertson and the Phils.
ellsbury beats him out imo
I’m sure the guys really upset. Maybe this thief can have a poker game with Andrew Bynum, Markelle Fultz, and Danny Tartabull and they can sit around and talk about how they screwed Philadelphia
Only one of these four was seriously injured. Shame its the one in question. Nice argument.
“I’m sure the guys really upset. Maybe this thief can have a poker game with Andrew Bynum, Markelle Fultz, and Danny Tartabull and they can sit around and talk about how they screwed Philadelphia.”
Why are you such a POS?
I told your mother to cut to wifi off to the basement. You’re 34 years old. Get a job and move out. I’m tired of putting a wash cloth in her mouth
Was this the stupid money? jk, bad luck for them though.
that contract worked out well
Wow that was an unlucky signing.
$3.8 Million per inning. Good work if you can get it. Danny Tartabull 2.0.
He should become an agent
Now I’m glad the yanks didn’t bring him back
Right!? They must’ve knew his arm was over used and due for an injury.
hindsight is 20/20
Robertson pitched 60+ innings for the past 9 seasons.
And your average major league starting pitcher throws 150. Nobody is “due” for an injury. They happen. You could easily flip what you just said and say, “he’s pitched 60 innings a year the last 9 years, he’s durable.”
He pitched nearly 600 innings the past 9 seasons, but I get your point. Nine consecutive seasons of 60+ innings pitched.
He was as durable a reliever out there and he never had an arm injury. Can’t really predict when (or if ever) a pitcher will break down.
I love Robertson so much. This makes me sad for real 🙁
Robertson pitched 60+ innings for the past 9 seasons. He was due for an injury.
OMG, not 60.
Always loved D-Rob. Was very disappointed when he didn’t resign in NY. I can’t wait until he’s recovered and back on a mound!
No sox showing. I’ve never seen that
Hope they have this insurance like you always hear about when a Mets player gets injured
“…freshly stitched seams…”
Ty Bradley, you are a riot!
Please enlighten. Is the Phillies still responsible for his paycheck next year? Or it’s covered by their insurance?
Teams don’t take insurance on every player as it’s very expensive. I would guess they probably took a policy on DR simply because of age and role. If so policies don’t kick in until 60-90 days and the most policies cover between 50% to 80% of the contract.
20 outs. $23MIL. Well played, David, well played.
A fine career. Hopefully not over. Perhaps one last spin with the Yankees in 2021.