The Phillies are hopeful they’ve got a built-in summer acquisition in the form of veteran reliever David Robertson. As Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter, new Phils skipper Joe Girardi says that he hopes Robertson will be able to make it back for the second half of the 2020 campaign.
Long a steady and productive late-inning hurler, Robertson endured a brutal first year in Philadelphia after signing on to a two-year deal last winter. He made just seven appearances, breaking a string of nine-straight seasons of 60+ games, and ultimately required Tommy John surgery in mid-August.
The timing of the procedure not only halted any hope of a late-2019 return, but also put Robertson’s 2020 availability in doubt. It was obviously a rough development for the Phils, who are in need of just the kind of output Robertson had long provided and still owe him $13MM (including a buyout on a club option).
Fortunately, it now seems there’s enough progress that a return at some point in 2020 is possible to envision. The team probably can’t make any assumptions about whether, when, and in what form Robertson will make it back. But realistic hope is better than nothing and the Phillies may have more clarity by the time the trade deadline rolls around.
i like daved robenson he has good strong thruwng arm and good hed on his sholders. on my scale i game him 7 of 10 that is good guys. at price of davie i think good deel for philies as robonsen has good strong thruwng arm and good hed on his sholders and he also has good peech zone recognetoin. i like daved robenson cause thats why.
Spoken like a true Phillies phan. lol
Maybe after 15 beers.
I drink 15 liquors every night and can still fly a plane.
Bart Harley Jarvis
‘lol-ing’ at your own juvenile humor. What, are you 8 years old?
Is life really worth living if you can’t laugh at yourself?
You think “chubbycubby” likes the Phils?
Sad thing is you put a lot of effort into this only to look stupid. I have a feeling that’s literally the only thing you’re good at in life.
that what my wife says too. lol. jus joshin u
And it’s not funny at all. It’s annoying.
this Robertson situation frustrates me so much. it was such a resonable signing at the time, and who could have predicted TJ.
I hated to see him leave the Yankees but the middle reliever market was getting out of whack so I understood. Awesome pitcher and human being.
With what they paid him, they better hope so. I absolutely loved the Robertson signing, but it was a complete bust due to injury.
Sort of related to this I think the Phillies bullpen will be much better in 2020 simply due to getting healthy. For example, getting Seranthony back will be a huge boost. The injuries the 2019 Phillies bullpen suffered were actually historic in their number. So I don’t think the bullpen is as bad as some fans seem to think. Unfortunately, their starting pitching is as bad as everyone thinks.
Forget Robertson…. WHAT IN THE LITERAL F CHUBBY CUBBY??? Someone get this homie huked onnn foniks
That would be ideal. Assuming he makes a late return, just Look at it like a Deadline trade
Unless “2nd half” means mid-September.
Holding my breath… Pretty much every time the Phillies sign a reliever it blows up. They have limited success with FA closers.
If he’s able to start an assignment by the middle of July, there’s a chance. He’d have to be on the active roster prior to September 1st to be eligible for the post-season, if they’re even in it.
I can’t believe the Phil’s to get David back and effective by mid season
Potential good news for Phillies. Potential bad news for Phillies’ locker room attendants.