Rafael Soriano had an MRI today, and it showed nothing but inflammation in his sore right elbow. That’s the same issue he’s been dealing with since last week’s Royals series. All things considered, that seems like good news for the Yankees and their setup man.
But still, this has not been the best-case scenario that the team was hoping for when they gave Soriano a massive three-year deal this offseason. He has not been nearly as good as he was last season, he surely didn’t win over any teammates with last night’s comments and now he’s on the disabled list with an elbow issue that just won’t go away.
“He’s thrown the ball really well for us at times, and he’s struggled at times,” Joe Girardi said. “Unfortunately he hasn’t felt good lately, and we just need to get him back and get him healthy and get him doing what he’s capable of doing.”
Girardi backs his players. It’s what he does. That’s his management style, and we’ve all come to expect it. Asked about Soriano’s comments last night — when Soriano threw the lineup under the bus and said it hasn’t bothered him to miss this rocky stretch — Girardi went about as far as he’ll go to publicly rip a player.
“My thought is, we win as a team and we lose as a team,” Girardi said. “Everyone on this club can always do a little bit more. That’s the bottom line. You can take that for what it’s worth.”
The Yankees decided even before Soriano went for his MRI that he would go on the disabled list. Chris Dickerson said he got the news around midnight, while he was on a bus from Pawtucket to Scranton. The Yankees new that Soriano would have to skip at last three or four days before throwing another bullpen, which meant at least another week or so before he’d be available in a game. They didn’t want to keep playing short, so they put him on the DL.
• Dickerson landed at 2:30 this afternoon and came straight to the ballpark. You might remember that he had a similar rushed arrival in spring training and promptly went 3-for-3 (before being shutdown with an injury).
• Who handles the eighth without Soriano? “Joba has been pitching in the back end (and) Robby has been pitching in the back end,” Girardi said. “We’ll go day-by-day. Sometimes guys aren’t going to be available and you’ve just going to have to get through it.”
• Girardi said he had no second-thoughts about where to put Jorge Posada in today’s lineup, but he indicated that his spot in the lineup is still fluid. “To me it was the place to put him today,” Girardi said. “There’s a lot of things I look at, and I just thought it was the place to put him.”
• Dickerson was always going to be the call-up. That was decided before the team found out Swisher was sick.
Sam Fuld LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Elliot Johnson SS
Kelly Shoppach C
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