Yankees’ Robertson hurts foot in fall down stairs

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DUNEDIN, FLA. (AP) - David Robertson limped out of the Yankees clubhouse in Tampa, holding a pair of crutches, his right foot in an oversized black boot.

He sprained a foot when he stumbled on stairs while moving empty boxes at his home, and the team sounded worried there might be a significant injury to the All-Star reliever. Instead of making his second spring training appearance, Robertson made two trips to a hospital for X-rays, an MRI and CT scan.

“The initial tests that he took gave us some cause for concern,” manager Joe Girardi said after Thursday’s 6-1 loss to Toronto. “We’re not sure what’s going on.”

Girardi said earlier the initial diagnosis was a mid-foot sprain. Test results will be sent to New York to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. The Yankees said Ahmad will consult with Dr. Justin Greisberg, whose specialties include orthopedic surgery and foot trauma

Between hospital trips, Robertson returned to the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field and hoped for the best.

“It’s embarrassing. I already had Mo rag me out about it,” he said after speaking with closer Mariano Rivera.

Girardi emphasized several times the extent of the injury was not clear.

“I’m not so sure that he’s going to miss enough time that we won’t have him opening day,” he said. “I mean until we get the test results, I’m not going to know.”

Robertson was hurt Wednesday night at his home in St. Petersburg. He picked up two empty boxes, one inside the other, and walked down the stairs to leave them for recycling.

“I just misjudged one step and just caught it funny, and it just kind of rolled under me,” he said.

He understands some may think there’s more to the story, that the injury couldn’t be caused by a tumble at home.

“I can tell you right now that’s the truth,” he said. “My wife was like, `What are you doing down there?’ She saw me laying there on my foot.”

Robertson said his foot started throbbing an hour or two later but he applied ice and it felt better in the morning. Girardi said if Robertson were sidelined for two weeks or less, he still could be ready for the Yankees‘ opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.

“If it’s going to happen, let it happen now,” Girardi said.

Robertson had a breakout season in 2011, going 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 70 games and becoming the Yankees’ primary setup man.

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