White Sox closer David Robertson won’t pitch until after the All-Star break after suffering a strain high in his left leg earlier this week.
Robertson underwent an MRI, which he said revealed something “mild” that’s just in a bad spot He said the issue first cropped up after pitching last Wednesday against the New York Yankees.
“It was just a little sore and had some discomfort,” Robertson, who has a 3.22 ERA and 23 saves, said. “I came to the field (Friday) and I wasn’t able to pitch, I wasn’t able to go. I had to tell Robin (Ventura).”
Due to Robertson’s absence, right-hander Matt Albers was forced into a key spot in the eighth inning Saturday against the Atlanta Braves after Zach Duke was lifted following 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Albers allowed a one-out double and, after getting Gordon Beckham to ground out, intentionally walked Freddie Freeman.
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Right-hander Nate Jones relieved Albers and earned a four-out save despite loading the bases in the ninth inning.
While not getting to pitch in Saturday’s one-run game was difficult, Robertson said he should be ready to return to action when the White Sox start up play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.
“It’s making it tough for me to pitch right now because I can’t move that well,” Robertson said. “Doctors are saying a couple of days, so I’m thinking right after the All-Star break I’ll be ready to roll.”
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.