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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Robertson

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David Robertson Fell Down Some Stairs and Sprained His Foot

The word out of Tampa today is that David Robertson showed up to camp this morning with a sprained right foot. Perhaps emboldened by the sight of a guy tearing phone books in half, Robertson got to moving big boxes around his place last night and made a misstep while feeling his way down the stairs. We've all done that before. It didn't seem like anything at the time, but then his foot started swelling up and there was some cause for alarm. It doesn't sound like too big a deal at the moment, but the Yankees await further imaging results.

After a negative X-ray and no additional swelling this morning, Robertson was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. They're doing an MRI this afternoon to make sure there's no ligament damage or anything. Until those results come back, the Yankees are bound to be a little wary. The notion of a "mid-foot sprain" elicits nasty memories of Chien-Ming Wang's seemingly minor base-running injury in 2008, which proved to be a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament and ended his season. This case doesn't sound like anything that significant, but ... well, hurry up with those MRI results, will you?

In the meantime, be careful on the stairs, everybody. If you're carrying something that obscures your vision, a good method is to tap your heel on the stair you're standing on to assure that you don't overstep the next one. Or just convince other, less important people to carry your stuff for you. That works, too.

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