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“Last year, he did a tremendous job,” Rivera said. “So we’re expecting something good out of him this year, also.”

If Robertson isn’t ready for opening day, Rafael Soriano likely would move up to New York’s eighth-inning pitcher.

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.

“I think he had problems with the shoulder before that,” Girardi said.

For now, the sunny optimism of spring training dissipated and was replaced by angst.

“There’s always something in every camp,” Girardi said. “Something freaky happens, whether it’s a foul ball, or you get hit with a ball in BP. It’s the nature of the game. It’s life. You can’t stop living because you have a job. You have responsibilities.”

He joked about the need for additional team rules.

“You’re not allowed to carry boxes. Kick them down the stairs,” he said before pausing and adding: “If he had like an elevator in his house, his arm would have got stuck or something. Just throw them out the window. And hopefully it doesn’t land on your car.”

Notes: Rivera threw 32 pitches in his second batting practice session. He likely will make his exhibition debut Sunday.