03/16/11 10:58 PM ET
Robertson out four weeks after surgery
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Seattle Mariners
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"Everybody is on the same page about still wanting me to be here, still believing I can help, understanding it's not a career-threatening surgery," he added. "Once I get healthy, then that evaluation process starts. And hopefully it starts soon."Even so, Robertson said that the Mariners have told him they want him to stay with the organization and see if he can come back and help the club upon his return. Robertson revealed that the elbow had bothered him in his last two outings, and tests showed the bone chips that needed to be removed. In three Cactus League starts that encompassed seven innings, he had a 0-1 record and a 7.71 ERA, with 11 hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. The Mariners' fifth starter battle now is between top rookie prospect Michael Pineda, who started on Wednesday night against the Brewers here, and returning veterans Luke French and David Pauley. Robertson has a 57-77 career mark with a 5.01 ERA in 223 appearances. He was with Florida and Philadelphia last season after previously pitching seven seasons in Detroit. He was 13-13 and made 32 starts on the 2006 Tigers team that lost to the Cardinals in a five-game World Series.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.