Alfonso Soriano hurt his thumb making a diving play in Baltimore on Thursday. He came through yesterday’s batting practice and last night’s game with no problems, but when he woke up this morning, his thumb was swollen. He tried to hit in the cage and couldn’t swing without pain, significant enough that around 12:20 he told Joe Girardi that he couldn’t play.
“I’m not worried,” Soriano said. “The swelling is going down I hope (to rest it) today and tomorrow morning, and I’ll be available to take my at-bats and swing the bat (on Sunday). It’s only like two weeks left. I just want to keep playing and try to help the team to win.”
The Yankees seem optimistic that Soriano will be able to play tomorrow, but then again, they didn’t see today’s late scratch coming. Kind of have to wait until batting practice tomorrow to know much for certain.
“We’ve lost a couple of guys recently,” Girardi said. “I don’t think Soriano’s will be real long-term, I don’t. Gardy’s is a different story. You lose your leadoff hitter. Grandy’s done a pretty good job in his absence, but obviously it shrinks your lineup a little bit whenever you have to take someone out, but it’s no excuse. You’re still Major League hitters and you got to figure it out.”