Yankees activate David Robertson

Updated: April 22, 2014, 6:58 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Yankees activated closer David Robertson from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday ahead of their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY SportsDavid Robertson converted his first two save opportunities this season before being placed on the DL earlier this month with a groin injury.

Robertson injured his groin a little more than two weeks ago. At the time, Yankee officials and Robertson thought he would just need the 15 days on the DL.

After a tune-up at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., this weekend, Robertson declared himself ready to return.

Robertson has two saves in two opportunities and has yet to allow a run in three innings. He is replacing baseball's all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera, as the Yankees' closer this season.

In Robertson's absence, Shawn Kelley picked up four saves. The right-hander will now return to the eighth-inning role on most days.

The Yankees made some other roster moves in their bullpen, optioning Matt Daley and Bryan Mitchell to the minors. The team also announced that left-hander Cesar Cabral passed through waivers and will report to Triple-A Scranton.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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