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Yankees activate Rafael Soriano from disabled list

Jul 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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Rafael Soriano is back from the disabled list after being sidelined since mid-May with an elbow injury.

Joe Girardi once indicated that he’d turn right back to Soriano as the Yankees’ primary eighth-inning guy when healthy, but he seems to have softened on that stance somewhat recently and it’s hard to imagine David Robertson losing the main setup gig given how dominant he’s been in front of Mariano Rivera.

Robertson has a 1.41 ERA overall this season, including allowing just four earned runs in 28 appearances since Soriano went down. Prior to the injury Soriano had a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances, although he’d turned in five consecutive scoreless outings before the DL stint.

Various reports from Soriano’s rehab stint in the minors had him showing good velocity, but he allowed four runs in 4.1 innings between high Single-A and Triple-A, serving up a pair of homers. Soriano is making $10 million this season with another $25 million due over the next two years, but for a while at least he might just be the game’s highest-paid middle reliever.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I saw him pitch an inning in AAA last week and while he gave up a gopher ball dude was throwin’ straight gas.

  2. uyf1950 - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Now if he can only start to earn some of money from that huge contract.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Hope not!

  3. damnyankee13 - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    hopefully this solves our pen problems

    • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:19 AM

      Pen problems? The Yankees’ bullpen has, unexpectedly, allowed the fewest runs in the AL so far. This is a big reason why they have been so successful.

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    How about forgetting set roles and simply using Robertson against the better hitters/in higher leverage spots? Nah…

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