Ex-Yankees reliever happy for 2nd chance with Phillies

Ex-Yankees reliever happy for 2nd chance with Phillies

Round two.

David Robertson is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The righty reliever was traded by the Chicago Cubs ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Here’s what he has to say about getting another chance with the Phillies, via MLB.com:

“To redeem myself?” Robertson said Wednesday morning at Truist Park. “Yeah, it would be nice. I was very excited to come here last time. I felt like it was the perfect fit. Then I got here and my body just let me down. I just blew my elbow out. I couldn’t pitch. I was no help to the team. I’m back now. I’ve got a chance to throw. We’ve got a playoff chance. I’m excited about it. … When I was 26 to 32, I was probably where I’m at right now. I feel that good, maybe even a little better. The surgery was successful. I definitely needed it. The decline in my stuff was happening and I think that overthrowing lead to me getting hurt. Since having everything repaired, I’ve felt really good.”

In Wednesday’s win against the Atlanta Braves, Robertson struck out two in his debut inning for the Phillies.

Following the 2018 season, Robertson signed a two-year, $23 million contract Philadelphia, but he only pitched in seven games before going down with an arm injury. He missed all of the 2020 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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The Cubs signed Robertson in March to a one-year contract. He joined the Tampa Bay Rays last season after a successful run at the Tokyo Olympics, helping Team USA win the silver medal. Roberson made 12 appearances for the Rays, compiling a 4.50 ERA and proving he was recovered Tommy John surgery which cost him most of 2019 and all of 2020.

This year, the 37-year-old Robertson, who came up with the New York Yankees and helped them win the 2009 World Series, was enjoying a renaissance season with the Cubs, posting a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances for Chicago.

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