Robertson's arm not tired vs. Curve
Rehabbing Tiger unhittable through six; SeaWolves fall one out shy
Nate Robertson has been on the disabled list since June 6 due to a tired arm, but the 29-year-old southpaw showed no signs of fatigue in a dominating rehab start for Double-A Erie on Thursday afternoon.
Robertson (1-0) hurled six no-hit innings and and walked one batter in an economical 72-pitch outing as the SeaWolves (37-32) cruised to a 12-3 victory over Altoona in game one of a doubleheader.
"More than anything, the purpose of my start today was to monitor the action of my pitches," said Robertson, who struck out six in his first Minor League appearance since he went 9-7 for Toledo in 2003. "I went on the DL because my previous five outings were a grind. My slider had no tilt, my two-seamer was flat; everything was flat, really. I was never really injured, per se, but I'd hit a wall, and wasn't getting results."
Robertson certainly got the results he was looking for on Thursday.
"The extra rest helped, but today felt really good," he said. "I had good movement on all my pitches and was happy with my command and ability to move in and out of the strike zone. I was throwing four-seamers, changeups, sliders, two-seamers, everything."
Robertson feels as if he's ready to rejoin the Detroit rotation, but he knows that decision is not his to make.
"I'm going to join the Tigers in Atlanta, throw in the bullpen on Saturday, and then hopefully I'll be slotted for the rotation. We've got a surplus of starters right now, and it's not my decision. But baseball is just as much about how you go about your business off of the field, and this situation has turned out to be a real character-builder for me."http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news ... &fext=.jsp