May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT
UPDATE: No word yet on a return timetable, but as expected the Yankees have placed Soriano on the disabled list.
Already ruled out for the two-game series against the Rays that began last night, Rafael Soriano had to cut short his bullpen session due to elbow soreness and has flown back to New York to meet with team doctors.
When speaking to reporters Soriano speculated that he’ll miss “one week or two weeks,” which means he’s almost surely headed for the disabled list after appearing in just one game since May 8.
However, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that timetable stems from a conversation Soriano had with Yankees senior vice president (and George Steinbrenner’s son-in-law) Felix Lopez. who was merely serving as a Spanish-speaking “intermediary between Soriano and the team’s training staff to make sure there weren’t any mixed signals.”
In other words, that timetable is far from official until after Soriano meets with doctors in New York today.
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