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Pregame notes: Clean MRI for Soriano

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

• Nick Swisher is sick. He was throwing up after last night’s game, and Girardi called him today to check on how he was feeling. Still not good, so he’s out of the lineup and Dickerson is in.

• 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.

Carlos Silva is starting for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

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

Associated Press photo





46 Responses to “Pregame notes: Clean MRI for Soriano”

  1. DaSaint007 May 17th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Dickerson was always going to be the call-up. That was decided before the team found out Swisher was sick.


  2. MTU May 17th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    ” He was throwing up after last night’s game.”

    Guarantee you he had company.

  3. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    After seeing the lineup today, Nick Swisher went into Girardi’s office and told him he can’t sit on bench top day and needs a day.

  4. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    So they found nothing in Soriano’s arm…like we couldn’t have told them that without the MRI

  5. G. Love May 17th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    MTU with the zinger!

  6. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    In an effort to cover up his faux pas in earlier interviews, Soriano said he would be taking the DL time off to rest, recover, and watch his pit bulls fight.

  7. G. Love May 17th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Now! Bojo in the house.

  8. LGY May 17th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    With Sori out this is a perfect opportunity to stop this EIG nonsense.

  9. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    We might as well enjoy Comedy Central on the blog, since we have been seeing it every night the past week on the ball field

  10. DaSaint007 May 17th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I’m praying that Soriano doesn’t exercise his 2012 option.

  11. luis May 17th, 2011 at 6:09 pm


    Won’t happen unfortunately

  12. Captain Clutch May 17th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Maybe Cashman can work out an exchange policy with Boras for Soriano. He opts out but Cash has to use that $20m or whatever is left towards another Boras client. Sounds good…

  13. LGY May 17th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I’m praying that Soriano doesn’t exercise his 2012 option


    That will take a lot of prayers. Probably some sacrifices too.

  14. G-C May 17th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Does Girardi ever say anything of substance in his interviews?

    Honestly, if I was a journalist, I wouldn’t waste my time with him.

    Everything he says is some variation of “I liked the matchup,” “He’s had some good swings of late,” or “he has thrown the ball well at times so far.”

    Does anyone else find him his propensity to use substance-less cliches really annoying? The fact that he never “throws players under the bus” is largely perceived as a major positive, but frankly, if I was playing or pitching terribly, I wouldn’t care if my manager said something to that degree to the media. Anyone who can’t handle that is much too mentally fragile to be a major league athlete in the first place.

    Players shouldn’t hesitate to call out Girardi when he makes one of his typically boneheaded managerial decisions, and he shouldn’t hesitate to call out the guys who aren’t doing their jobs.

  15. blake May 17th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Soriano isn’t opting out….he’s having too much fun in the Bronx and fits in too well.

  16. Sweet Swinging Cano May 17th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    That is just Girardi’s style. He supports his players. I find that to be a great thing.

  17. blake May 17th, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    Call them out in private…..not public, that’s not how a team works.

  18. G. Love May 17th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Now that Soriano has hit the DL forget him opting out. He’s not going to do better than what he has guaranteed for the final 2 years of the deal here unless he comes back and embraces the role and pitches the Yankees to a title.

    Short of that, no team will give him 2 years and 25 million guaranteed after this season.

  19. NYY fan in NH May 17th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    A whole cast of players have been throwing up for the last 3 weeks or so. Granderson the exception!!. Like Dickerson starting over Swish, eventhough he’s sick, It’s time Swish sat anyways.

  20. G-C May 17th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    One of the reasons I’ve come to respect and admire AJ Burnett is because he willingly accepts responsibility for his faults and admits that he at times, well, sucks.

    A-Rod typically does the same thing.

    Its refreshing in this day in age.

  21. G-C May 17th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Then why do we waste our time clamoring to hear his interviews? Why would a journalist (Chad, Sam, perhaps you can shed some light on this for me) ever be interested in what he has to say?

    And I have a hard time believing, Blake, that he calls out his players at all, in public or in private. I’m extremely skeptical of his willingness to do so, particularly given his close proximity in age to a number of the team’s most successful veterans, and the fact that he was a relatively marginal player on the same teams that Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera spearheaded towards championships.

    Do you honestly believe that Posada has any reason to respect anything Girardi says, aside from the fact that he’s a good Christian man and maybe, just maybe, a somewhat smart baseball man? The guy was groomed to be his successor for crying out loud.

    More and more so, I see Girardi as one of, if not the primary, issue with this team, his handling of the players and most significantly his intense micromanaging being major issues.

  22. LGY May 17th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    With the way Nunez has swung the bat everytime he has been called upon, Girardi needs to get him in the lineup more. IF, OF, DH whatever.

    With how bad this offense is slumping they owe it to themselves to find out what his bat can give you on a more regular basis.

  23. DocTodd May 17th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I throw up every game watching Hollywood Swisher act like a clown…..

  24. Sweet Swinging Cano May 17th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

  25. Niblick May 17th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    G-C: interesting point about lack of respect for a marginal player-turned manager.

  26. Sweet Swinging Cano May 17th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Girardi was far from marginal on those teams. He wasn’t the star but he was very important. That is not really accurate.

  27. DocTodd May 17th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I’m hoping Swisher is out sick for the remainder of his contract…

  28. blake May 17th, 2011 at 6:23 pm


    Im not in the locker room so Im not going to speculate on that…..people say the same stuff about Jeter and you hear occasional reports on how he chews people behind the scenes. They just like to keep things in house the way Torre did when he was there (and I know about the book.)

  29. Sweet Swinging Cano May 17th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I mean they won it all with Joe. They had no respect for him then either lol. People get overly emotional when the team goes bad sometimes.

  30. BD (Boston Dave) May 17th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I truly hope Jeter said something to Soriano behind closed doors.

  31. Sweet Swinging Cano May 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I hope so and I believe he was talked to.

  32. G. Love May 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    That was a lot of our arguments for why Donnie should have been made manager after Torre. He was a Yankee icon and he also had to deal with age/physical issues making him step away from the game.

    If anyone could manage Jeter and Posada through that kind of thing it would be Donnie who lived it in a different way than Girardi did.

  33. BD (Boston Dave) May 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Alfredo Aceves is taking Daisuke’s spot in the rotation. I hated when the Sox signed him, and I’ll hate it even more if he can stay healthy the way the Sox are using him.

  34. YankeesNmore May 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I see Pusada is back up to 7th in the order.

    Good that the Yankees learned their lesson… Sometime you just have to throw a tantrum and threaten to take your ball and go home to get your boss to do what you want him to do.

    Great message.

    What a well-run organization.

  35. Jerkface May 17th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Of the 3 interviewees in order of preference:


  36. G-C May 17th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    “Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.”


    This is true.

    But because no one here truly knows what goes on behind closed doors, I can’t be precluded from thinking that Girardi’s public statements about his players are mere reflections of his private statements towards them.

    This, of course, would be the most logical train of thought.

    If Girardi supports his players unconditionally to the media, I have no reason to believe he does anything but that behind closed doors.

    And since when is pointing out a player’s lack of performance a reflection of a lack of support? I don’t necessarily think Girardi’s so called “support” of his players is actually that. I think it is, at times, laughable nonsense that can be discredited as soon as it comes out of his mouth. Stating that AJ Burnett blew last night’s game wouldn’t be a reflection of a lack of support for AJ Burnett. I’m sure Joe Girardi loves AJ Burnett and supports him unconditionally. Making him the number 2 starter after a season in which he lost 15 games and posted a 5.34 ERA is a pretty good reflection of that. Stating that AJ Burnett sucked last night would be a mere FACT.

  37. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Jerkface May 17th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    Of the 3 interviewees in order of preference:


  38. blake May 17th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Most all managers will support their players publically…..why do we need Girardi o make inflammatory statements…..cashman does enough of that

  39. BoJo May 17th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Those tough guy managers who call out their players in the press don’t tend to last long in NYC…Ask Dallas Green.

  40. Jerkface May 17th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    If Jeter gets a pass for being bland to the media, Girardi ought to get a pass as well. There have been occasions where closed door meetings are held and its reported Girardi is not happy.

  41. NYY fan in NH May 17th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Just knowing Gerrit Cole is going to be a top 5 pick and loved the Yankees. Seeing him go into another organization is a big punch to the face to the Yankees.

  42. Vineyard Yankee May 17th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Oh brother.

  43. West Coast Yankee May 17th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Why do you media guys bother to follow the words of Joe Girardi? He never says anything meaningful anyway.

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