Olympic silver medalist David Robertson revives his MLB career

Olympic silver medalist David Robertson revives his MLB career
04/05/2022
After surgery and sitting out for the 2020 season, the right-hander helped the US qualify for the Olympics and earn a silver medal at the Tokyo Games last year.

After helping the United States earn a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, right-handed pitcher David Robertson is reviving his Major League Baseball (MLB) career.

Robertson has pitched out of the bullpen in 9 games for the Chicago Cubs and hasn't allowed a run, earning five saves and one win.

The 37-year-old 'D-Rob' made his MLB debut in 2008 for the New York Yankees and succeeded legendary Mariano Rivera as their closer in 2014, earning 39 saves.

He earned 30+ saves for the Chicago White Sox in 2015 and 2016.

After signing a two-year, US$ 23 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2019 season, he suffered a flexor strain in his pitching elbow that required season-ending surgery.

In 2020, he suffered a setback while recovering from Tommy John surgery and didn't pitch.

USA Baseball gave him the opportunity to make its 2021 National Team. Robertson pitched for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball before joining the US National Team at the WBSC Americas Olympic Qualifier.

Robertson earned two saves against the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, helping the US qualify for the Olympics. He earned two more saves, against Korea and the Dominican Republic, at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

He made his MLB return pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays on 1 September 2021. He appeared in 12 games for the Rays. At the end of the season, he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.