Girardi mindful of overextending Robertson

Girardi mindful of overextending Robertson

ANAHEIM -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he is reluctant to use closer David Robertson for more than three outs at this time.

The Yankees called on Shawn Kelley with two outs in the eighth inning in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Angels; Kelley allowed a run-scoring single to Albert Pujols before the Yankees rallied to take a ninth-inning lead.

"I just feel more comfortable using [Robertson] for an inning right now," Girardi said. "I don't think he has any physical problems. It's just something I'm more comfortable doing."

Girardi said that he may relax those restrictions for Robertson later in the season, partially because he can envision using Robertson more frequently than when was the setup man to Mariano Rivera.

"As the closer, a lot of times you can get more than two days in a row," Girardi said. "If he feels good, I'd like to use him the third day. As much as you can, you try not to get caught without having your closer. It's a long year, and it's still really early. He had a couple weeks off, and I just have to make sure that he's built up right."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.