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Friday, March 9, 2012
David Robertson awaits word on foot

By Wallace Matthews
ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees reliever David Robertson said he "felt better" Friday, but still does not know the severity of an injury to his right foot, which he suffered in a freak accident at his home Wednesday night.

"No new news today, just waiting to hear back," said Robertson, who is still on crutches and wearing a walking boot. "It feels better today, that's all I can tell you."

The right-hander said he still could not put weight on the foot, which he injured when he missed a step in his home while carrying some empty boxes.

"I didn't feel like I broke anything when I fell," he said. "It was just really sore and I was having trouble standing on it."

Robertson had X-rays early Thursday morning, which came back negative, and an MRI exam, which, according to manager Joe Girardi, showed "some cause for concern."

As a result, Robertson was sent back to the hospital for additional tests, the results of which were overnighted to Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad and a foot specialist, Dr. Justin Greisberg. As of Friday morning, the results of the exams had yet to be announced.

"I think they're just trying to take an extra look to make sure nothing's wrong," Robertson said.

In fact, he was more concerned with the embarrassment of having injured himself inside his home than with the injury itself.

"I don't even want to come talk to you guys about it," he said, laughing. "I'd rather tell you I tripped over a chair in the clubhouse than tell you I fell down the stairs in my house. Not like a full flight of stairs, either, just one stair."

Told that his clumsiness had been outdone by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, who had to leave a game Thursday because of neck spasms caused when he toweled his head too vigorously between innings, Robertson pumped a fist into the air.

"Yes!" he said. "That's good news right there. It's the best news I've heard all day."