The Philadelphia Phillies will aim to get their NLDS battle against the Atlanta Braves started off on the right foot in Game 1 on Tuesday afternoon. There will be one notable reliever missing from their roster, though. Veteran David Robertson has suffered a calf strain in the most frustrating of ways.
Philadelphia Phillies Injury News
Manager Rob Thomson revealed that Robertson's calf strain came as a result of him jumping up to celebrate Bryce Harper's home run in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round. The All-Star reliever was one of Philly's key trade deadline acquisitions and served a crucial role in a closer-by-committee approach.
"He's devastated. He knows how big a part he is to this club."- Rob Thomson on David Robertson
Leaving Robertson entirely off the roster means that he will not be back unless the Phillies move on to the NLCS. The 37-year-old right-hander will stay in Philadelphia to receive treatment for the time being. Reliever Nick Nelson has been added to the roster to take Robertson's place in the bullpen.
Robertson appeared in 22 games for the Phillies during the regular season, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 23.1 innings. He also notched 6 saves and was credited with a win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round thanks to his scoreless eighth inning frame.
Look for the Phillies to continue leaning on Jose Alvarado, Seranthony Dominguez and Zach Eflin in big spots during the late innings. Keeping a powerful Braves lineup at bay will be vital to pulling off an upset. Philadelphia has odds set at +158 to advance to the NLCS, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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