American League All-Star David Robertson of the New York Yankees throws a pitch in the second inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Yankees setup man has suffered the first reported non-baseball injury of 2012's spring training.
In recent years, a number of major league players have missed time in action due to injuries suffered while not playing baseball.
In the non-sneeze category, Clint Barmes once broke his left collarbone hauling a slab of deer meat he acquired while hunting with his teammate Todd Helton. Russell Branyan injured his toe on a hotel room coffee table. Kerry Wood hurt his right side while getting out of a hot tub.
We've got another one to add to the list this morning:
David Robertson fell down stairs moving boxes - in a walking boot. Xrays negative, but he'll miss time— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) March 8, 2012
Robertson will have MRI today. Not much swelling, but hes in pain walking, and limping.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) March 8, 2012
And this doesn't sound good at all:
Joe Girardi still optimistic that Robertson will be back in time for season, but only time will tell— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) March 8, 2012
I'm making fun of this, a bit, but clearly, it's no laughing matter for the Yankees; Brian Cashman is probably sifting through piles of paper on his desk, looking through lists of free agent pitchers who are still looking for work.
Lesson for major league players: hire a mover if you've got boxes to move up and down stairs.