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Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week

Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Rafael Soriano has been out since mid-May with an elbow injury, but yesterday manager Joe Girardi told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’ll “probably” be cleared to come off the disabled list by Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances before the injury, but turned in five straight scoreless outings before being shut down and Girardi has already indicated that he’ll resume serving as the Yankees’ primary eighth-inning setup man once healthy.

Some of that has to do with Joba Chamberlain being out for the season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but David Robertson made the All-Star team with a dominant first half and has a 3.37 ERA with 231 strikeouts in 174 innings, so he’d clearly be capable of remaining in the eighth-inning role while Soriano tries to get on track.

Also a potential factor: Soriano earning $10 million this season and the Yankees owing him another $25 million for the next two years.

Before that can even be an issue Soriano must first avoid a setback while working on consecutive days, which he’ll attempt Sunday and Monday in the minors.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Here again, we’re solving the wrong problem, if not perhaps creating one we didn’t have.
    Wade and Robertson, and even Boone, are doing great currently and THE FAT TOAD is in Nebraska, or Montana, or at least west fo the Hudson.
    So we have a good bullpen and the starters are usually on the good side of the uncanny elixir, and I’m not hearing about getting a BAT, B-A-T-S, BATS BATS BATS for the stretch.
    And don’t mention Marcus Thames to me.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Wait, is Sergio Mitre still in that bullpenn?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        Nah, he’s on the DL with a dislocated shoulder, or possibly head.

  2. yournuts - Jul 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Chill out Len. The Yankees need all the pitching they can get down the stretch. Soriano will be a welcome addition to the bullpen. He has always been better in hot weather and in the second half of the season. Adding a bat would be good if you don’t have to give up young talent to do so.

  3. phukyouk - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    “Rafael Soriano on track to rejoin Yankees’ bullpen next week”
    yay?

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