The Phillies have lost one of their biggest offseason acquisitions
When the Phillies signed David Robertson to a two-year deal it felt like a steal and the perfect piece for the back of their bullpen. Fast forward to July and the Phillies have announced that Robertson is out for the season.
The club announced that Robertson needs surgery to repair a flexor injury in his pitching elbow, and that Tommy John Surgery is on the table.
If Robertson goes for Tommy John, he is unlikely to pitch for Philadelphia again under his current contract.
Robertson never lived up to his potential as an eighth-inning setup man or closer, going just seven games with a 5.40 ERA. It appears that the injury, which has knocked him out since April 14, has hindered him all season long.
Injuries have riddled the Phillies bullpen all season and Robertson isn’t the only big name involved. Rising star Seranthony Dominguez is attempting to avoid Tommy John Surgery and Tommy Hunter underwent season-ending elbow surgery in July.
Victor Arano is unlikely to return this season after undergoing elbow surgery in May on his right elbow. Pat Neshek missed time with multiple injuries, and is currently out with a grade two hamstring strain. Edubray Ramos is out with a shoulder injury.
Those players were supposed to make up nearly the entire bullpen, and it’s a big reason why the Phillies have fallen apart. If Robertson stayed healthy the Phillies might have picked up a couple more wins that would have kept them in the division race.
Now to the offseason where Matt Klentak will be asked to buy more relievers over and over again.