The Yankees top offseason addition has already seen Dr. James Andrews, and that’s rarely a good sign.
Sounds like Rafael Soriano is going to miss another two months or so, and although it’s always hard to allow for and anticipate injuries, the Yankees certainly weren’t looking at a clean medical history when they gave Soriano three years, $35 million this offseason. The elbow, in particular, had been a problem.
April, 2001: Opened on the High-A disabled list with right elbow sprain.
May 10, 2002: Major League debut vs. Boston.
July 10, 2002: Placed on 15-day disabled list with right shoulder strain.
May 12, 2004: Place on 15-day disabled list with right elbow sprain.
August 17, 2004: Tommy John surgery.
September 5, 2005: Activated by Seattle after recovering from surgery.
July 29, 2006: Placed on 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue.
August 29, 2006: Suffered a concussion when hit in the head by a Vladimir Guerrero line drive.
April 7, 2008: Placed on 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendonitis.
June 6, 2008: Placed on 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
August 3, 2008: Placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
August 28, 2008: Ulnar nerve transposition surgery and bone spur removed. Soon transfered to 60-day disabled list.
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