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Phillies Reliever David Robertson Out for Season and Might Need Tommy John Surgery

WASHINGTON, DC - April 03: David Robertson #30 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on April 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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David Robertson's Philadelphia Phillies debut season has been brought to an anticlimactic end after just seven games due to his latest injury scare.

The 34-year-old closer, who has been out since April with a a flexor strain in his right elbow, has been ruled out for the rest of the 2019 season. His 2020 season could be in jeopardy as well, as Tommy John surgery might be on the horizon.

Robertson inked a three-year, $23 million deal with Philadelphia following a season in which he posted a 3.23 ERA as a Yankee. In seven games as a Phillie, Robertson posted a 5.40 ERA, having given up four runs in 6.2 innings.

A 34-year-old pitcher who relies heavily on velocity, Tommy John surgery at this point in Robertson's career could be debilitating, and there is now a legit possibility that Robertson may never be able to reclaim his past form.

An unusually durable reliever, this latest injury blow for the Phillies needs to be chalked up to plain bad luck. Hopefully Robertson is able to bounce back and get back on the mound as soon as possible, but it could be a while before we see the veteran again.