Yankees’ Robertson better after fall

David Robertson listened intently as he was told how Tampa Bay pitcher David Price left a start early after developing neck spasms while drying his neck with a towel between innings.

”That’s good news, right there,” Robertson said playfully. ”The best news I’ve heard.”

Robertson was smiling and laughing Friday, an indication his injured right foot was feeling better and a second round of tests was only a precaution to ensure there wasn’t significant damage to the All-Star reliever. He said there was no swelling.

Robertson limped into the Yankees clubhouse, still using crutches and wearing a large protective boot on his right foot. The All-Star reliever stumbled on the stairs of his St. Petersburg home on Wednesday night while carrying boxes for recycling, sustaining what the Yankees have termed a mid-foot sprain.

”It’s embarrassing,” he said. ”I’d rather be like, you know, I tripped over a chair in the clubhouse or something than tell you I fell down the stairs in my house. And not like a full flight of stairs – just one stair.”

Robertson had an X-ray and an MRI on Thursday morning. The Yankees then sent him back to a hospital in the afternoon for a CT scan and a weight-bearing X-ray.

The test results were sent to New York to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. The Yankees said Ahmad will consult with Dr. Justin Greisberg, whose specialties include orthopedic surgery and foot trauma

Robertson was awaiting word on the second round of tests.

”I’m feeling better today,” he said. ”I’m hoping that it’s just something that’s just going to pass in a week or so and I’ll be right back out there.”

Robertson said the second round of tests were to ensure there were no breaks or tears.

”Something didn’t look, I guess it didn’t look perfect. So it could be just the angle of the MRI,” he said of the initial scans. ”That’s why we went back and did a second round of testing, just to make sure they got a good view of it.”