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Rafael Soriano to be sidelined 6-8 weeks

May 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

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Rafael Soriano‘s MRI came back and it revealed an inflamed ligament. Which is not torn which means no appointment with Dr. James Andrews’ Tommy-John-6000 machine.  At least not yet.

Andrews recommends rest and then a throwing program for Soriano, together which will have him out for six to eight weeks.  Which is cool, I guess, but I’m having a hard time remembering the last guy who did the rest + throwing program who ended up being fine on the other end without surgery.  But hey, at least Soriano has two more years and $25 million coming to him after this one in which he can rehab and/or recover, whichever the case may be.

  1. baseballstars - May 25, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Great news for both Soriano and the Yankees. Tommy John surgery would mean the Yanks might get one useful year out of his three year deal. Hopefully he’ll heal and rediscover his dominant ways.

  2. phukyouk - May 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Kei Iguana 2.0

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 25, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      You can’t call hi Kei Igawa. Igawa didn’t thow the rest of the team under the bus after contributing nothing. In fact, Igawa had a few nice games with the Yankees. I still think he might be a better LOOGY than some of the guys they have brought in since, but I think the Steinbrenner’s pride says they don’t want to be reminded of his existence.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        That’s not why he’s in AAA. He’s down there because as long as he’s off the 25 man roster his salary doesn’t count towards the luxury cap. Granted being terrible during his time in the majors didn’t help, but there’s no way he’s getting another shot.

      • phukyouk - May 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        you sir are correct. I apologize to Iguana for that comment. although, in my defense, it was directed towards the money and not the person.

  3. uuddlrlrbastart - May 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    The Steinbrenners need to fire whoever signed this guy.

    • JBerardi - May 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

      Well played, sir.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - May 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Guess it looks like he won’t be opting out after this year, unless the media really rides him in the second half of the season.

  5. ignorantwretch - May 26, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    How could you give twelve million dollars to Hideki Irabu?!!!

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