CHICAGO -- Brian Roberts was not in the Yankees' lineup on Saturday, one day after fouling a ball off his right kneecap, but manager Joe Girardi believes that the second baseman is available to come off the bench.
Roberts hurt his knee in the fourth inning of New York's 6-5 loss to the White Sox, and stayed in the game until the ninth, when he was replaced by Brendan Ryan at second base.
Ryan started at second base on Saturday, and Girardi said that Roberts "is a player today for me in case of emergency." X-rays taken on Roberts' knee Friday at U.S. Cellular Field were negative.
"Any time you hit something off your kneecap, you worry about it; you're concerned you could have a crack or [it could] shatter," Girardi said. "It's a sensitive area, but for the most part, he feels pretty decent. He's sore, but there's really no swelling. Hopefully, we won't need him today and he'll be a player tomorrow."
Robertson bounces back from first blown save
CHICAGO -- David Robertson flung his arms up in frustration after leaving a pitch over the heart of the plate to Adam Dunn in the ninth inning on Friday, and the Yankees' closer immediately wanted the ball back, ready to turn the page to his next outing.
Robertson only had to wait a few hours. He was back on the mound at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday afternoon, bouncing back from his first blown save of the season by locking down the 10th inning in New York's 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
"Definitely, I wanted to do good," Robertson said. "I wanted to get us a win and seal the deal. I was able to get it done."
Having a short memory is a necessity for a closer, and Robertson -- who has converted 10 of 11 save opportunities this season -- had a front-row seat to watch one of the best. He often marveled at how Mariano Rivera seemed to be the same person, win or lose, and considers that a perfect model to emulate.
"He was the same guy every day," Robertson said. "He could blow two or three in a row and you wouldn't notice a difference. He knows he's going to get the opportunity to go out there and redeem himself, so he would just focus on what he had to do the next time."
Robertson struck out three batters in the 10th inning on Saturday, working around a two-out Adam Eaton single. He froze Gordon Beckham on a called third strike to end the game.
"I've been a reliever pretty much my whole career, even in college," Robertson said. "You have bad games there, too. You definitely want to get back out there and do good, you want to perform well always. Sometimes the game gets you, but you have to overcome that when you have bad games and be ready to pitch."
Thornton recognized by White Sox with nice gesture
CHICAGO -- Matt Thornton received a heads-up from a White Sox staffer early on Friday that the team was planning to honor his time at U.S. Cellular Field with a brief video tribute. The Yankees reliever's response, as he recalls, was: "Are you kidding?"
It was no joke. Thornton was pushed out of the visiting dugout between innings of Friday's 6-5 Yankees loss to the White Sox, acknowledging the applause that accompanied a scoreboard message appreciating his 7 1/2 seasons with the Pale Hose from 2006-13.
"After playing there for so long, they know that I don't like stuff like that, about me," Thornton said. "I get very uncomfortable when things like that go on. They kind of ambushed me, and were like, 'Hey, whether you like it or not.' It was nice to see my teammates and the staff over there, [trainer] Herb Schneider, John Danks and Chris Sale having fun with it, clapping for me. It was nice."
Thornton said that he has good memories of Chicago; his daughter, Avery, was born while he was with the White Sox, and he was a 2010 American League All-Star here. Thornton also lists Mark Buehrle's perfect game and no-hitter, Phil Humber's perfect game and Jim Thome's 500th home run as some of his favorite White Sox moments.
"I wish we would have won more," Thornton said. "We had a lot of great guys, a lot of great friends over there. I thought we had some really good teams at times. We made the playoffs once [in 2008] in my time there, but I have a lot of great memories."
In his first year with the Yankees, Thornton is hoping to get back on track after a sharp beginning to the campaign. He was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 20 appearances entering Saturday, and he has allowed four earned runs in his last six outings (2 2/3 innings) after allowing just one earned run through his first 14 appearances.
"I'm just trying to find consistency for myself," Thornton said. "Everybody knows I get a batter, maybe two. I think four or five batters is the most I've faced in one outing. It's a different transition I've gone over in the last couple of years of my career. I understand it and I enjoy it, but at the same time, I need to get those outs. They're big outs, big situations, and I need to make sure that I do my job."
• Left-hander Vidal Nuno and catcher John Ryan Murphy were paired together as Saturday's battery, and Girardi said that he has been pleased by how they have worked as a team.
"They've seemed to do a pretty good job together. That's kind of worked out," Girardi said. "There's been a lot of lefties in those situations. I've said, if you're going to give a guy a day off, a lot of times it's easier if they're catching the same guy all the time. I've tried to do that if I can."
• On this date in 1936, the Yankees set a franchise record in runs scored in a game, defeating the A's 25-2 at Shibe Park. Tony Lazzeri hit three homers (including two grand slams) and a triple, setting a still-standing AL record with 11 RBIs. Lazzeri is the only Yankees player ever to hit two grand slams in a game.
• Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (right shoulder muscle injury) threw batting practice on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., tossing 28 pitches. Pineda's next step could be a Minor League rehab game, but that decision has not yet been made.