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UPDATE: Rafael Soriano to see Dr. James Andrews after MRI on elbow

May 24, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees.

First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and now after taking some time off to rest the injury Soriano experienced more pain and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’s been “shut down indefinitely.”

Soriano played catch Sunday and afterward manager Joe Girardi expressed some optimism that he could come off the disabled list by the end of the week, but according to Hoch he’s now headed for another MRI exam.

Soriano, who saved 45 games with a 1.73 ERA for the Rays last season but had a lengthy injury history early in his career, is making $10 million this season and his unique contract essentially includes player options for $11 million in 2012 and $14 million in 2013.

  1. sdelmonte - May 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Unlike the Feliciano breakdown, there was no way to predict this. Not that it was a smart deal, but the injury is just one of those things.

    • nixonotis - May 24, 2011 at 5:16 PM

      Yeah, I mean multi-year deals for relievers don’t often end in injury…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 24, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Not sure if serious, but Soriano never pitched three healthy years in a row. He had pitched two healthy ones before joining the Yanks though…

      • nixonotis - May 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        Not even a little bit serious.

    • baseballstars - May 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      You’ll probably get a lot of people disagreeing with you, but I think it was a pretty decent signing. Since 2006, Soriano has been incredibly dominant:
      http://www.thebaseballcube.com/profile.asp?P=/rafael-soriano.shtml
      It seems like every single year, we have to have one highly paid pitcher fold up. Too bad there are two of them this year. At least he’s not Lackey.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Oh, forgot we were missing someone. That’s right, we have a Pavano-type pitcher on hand at all times.

    • nyyfaninbama - May 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Glad to see I’m not the only one having Pavano flashbacks.

    • nixonotis - May 24, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      I was going to say the same thing. There’s just something about this that feels Pavanoesque, but I mean this is a pitcher with pain in his elbow, not in his ass, so maybe Soriano deserves the benefit of the doubt?

    • Jeremiah Graves - May 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Igawa is still kicking around on the payroll, right?!

  3. Brian Murphy - May 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    This is probably going to be one of those cases where Brian Cashman wishes he wasn’t right.

    • emeraldcityfan - May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      Or that the higher up’s threw in those 2 player options…..

  4. uyf1950 - May 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    To yankeesfanlen – I guess this mean he won’t opt-out at the end of the year.

  5. baseballstars - May 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    I’ll eat crow here. I rip on Cashman’s decisions a lot, and I supported signing Soriano (though not for the total amount of the contract). It still doesn’t change my mind about the rash of aging, temporary vets that Cashman signed, but I have to give him credit for saying he wasn’t in favor of this contract. Any way you look at this, it sucks for Yankees fans. Sure, Soriano had some problems in the past, but when he’s healthy, he’s one of the best relievers out there. Check out his stats since 2006.

  6. deathmonkey41 - May 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    All three relievers signed from the Rays this offseason for big bucks have all been disappointments- Soriano, Wheeler, and Benoit. The Rays continue to plod along without them- amazing.

  7. purdueman - May 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    The most dreaded phrase in all of sports: “Son, here’s your plane ticket; you have an appointment with Dr. Andrews tomorrow afternoon. Be on that first plane out!”.

    Thankfully there are very, very few thoroughly despicable pro athletes (like Barroid Bonds for example), who I’m sure any of us wouldn’t mind seeing go down, but Soriano by all reports isn’t certainly one of those.

    Nonetheless, if Soriano does have a major arm/elbow/shoulder injury, it would in some respects be poetic justice for Cashman who had the cajones to openly disagree with the Steinbrenner boys about signing him, as well as poetic justice to see the a Yankees get stuck with yet another recklessly big contract too.

    That aside, I wish the player though well. If someone is willing to give you that sort of guaranteed money, you can’t blame a man for taking it.

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