December 2, 2022

David Robertson injury update: Phillies reliever hurts in saddest way during happy time, off NLDS roster

Jump for joy pain.

Baseball has often been host to some really bizarre injuries – just this season, a player lost teeth due to an unfortunate incident with an exercise band – and a new player has carved his name into a painful and embarrassing baseball story.

David Robertson is not on the Phillies NLDS roster after injuring himself in the saddest way in a truly euphoric moment in the NL wildcard series: the reliever injured his calf while jumping to celebrate the Bryce Harper’s second game home run.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson revealed Robertson’s injury to reporters on Tuesday, adding that the 37-year-old pitcher was injected with platelet-rich plasma on Monday and did not travel to Atlanta for the NLDS.

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“He’s going to try to get through this,” Thomson said. “I don’t know when he’ll be available. But obviously he’s not on the roster for this round. If he’s available for the next round, we don’t know.”

It’s a blow to the Phillies’ bullpen; the team acquired the veteran from the Cubs at the 2022 trade deadline, and he had six saves in 22 games out of the bullpen, hitting a 2.70 ERA (3.71 FIP) during of this period.

Robertson can still be activated for the NLCS, if the Phillies get past the Braves this week. Without Robertson, however, it will be a more difficult task.