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Phillies’ David Robertson out for season, could need Tommy John surgery

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies will be without pitcher David Robertson for the rest of the season, and perhaps much, much longer.

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Robertson suffered a setback in his recovery.

He had previously been on the 60-day injured list with a flexor tendon injury. Now, he’ll undergo surgery to repair damage to that tendon.

Lauber reports there is a possibility Robertson will need Tommy John surgery, and that he’s getting a second opinion on that.

The Phillies seemed to be bracing for this type of news.

“With each passing day, it’s becoming less and less encouraging,” general manager Matt Klentak said pf Robertson on Monday, per Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic.

It’s a rough blow. Philadelphia inked Robertson to a two-year, $23 million contract in January. All told, he’s made just seven appearances this year, and has a 5.40 ERA.