Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Robertson Placed on DL

Many Tiger fans including me were guessing yesterday that there must be something physically wrong with Nate Robertson given how poorly he has been pitching lately. Today, he was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a "tired arm". He claims that he feels fine but he is going to have further tests taken. In an MLB.COM article Jim Leyland sounds less confident that Robertson is OK:

"I'm very concerned," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't know what to do with Nate right now. It's not the Nate Robertson we've come to know, and I'm suspicious as to why."

Leyland didn't accuse Robertson of hiding an injury, but he did say the pitcher's claims of sound health don't seem to jibe with what is happening on the field.
Andrew Miller will take Robertson's spot in the rotation and he will get his next start on Sunday versus the Mets. Miller, who earlier had one start versus the Cardinals, has been outstanding in 4 starts for Erie. In 30 2/3 innings, he has an 0.59 ERA, a 24/5 K/BB ratio and a 4.62 AO/GO ratio. He will get at least two starts and maybe more if he does well. Robertson can return on June 22 and Kenny Rogers could also return by the end of the month. If all goes well, decisions would have to be at that time regarding Miller, Robertson, Mike Maroth and Chad Durbin.

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