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Rafael Soriano unavailable for two-game series against Rays

May 16, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

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Rafael Soriano won’t be facing his old teammates in a two-game series that begins tonight, as the reliever’s elbow soreness will keep him unavailable against the Rays.

Soriano walked two in a scoreless inning Friday for his only action since May 8, but told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s hoping to throw a problem-free bullpen session today and be cleared to return Wednesday.

Joe Girardi suggested that Soriano’s current soreness is “because he hadn’t thrown in five days” rather than his previous elbow problems remaining an issue. Soriano has recovered from a terrible first two weeks with the Yankees to allow just three runs in his last 10 appearances, reducing his ERA from 8.10 to 5.40, but the $35 million free agent signing certainly isn’t off to a great start in New York.

UPDATE: Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Soriano “felt stiffness again during his bullpen” session today, so it looks like a Wednesday return is probably optimistic.

  1. phukyouk - May 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I personally believe that he just doesn’t like facing the AL east this early in the season.. you know.. just so that they don’t see his stuff… 3 yrs of this is AWESOME!

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    You have him , the sox have Lackey , the thing there is Soriano will most likely bounce back while Lackey will most likely not .

    • phukyouk - May 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      i think that they will both suck long term.

      • bigharold - May 16, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        He does have that ‘Flash” Gordon vibe.

  3. pisano - May 16, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    He isn’t going to make any difference for the Yankees, because with what they’re putting on the field they’re going for third. They need to make major changes and it might be too late for that.

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