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Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 5:55 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Yankees relief pitcher Rafael Soriano has been on the shelf for the past few weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and it looks like he's doomed to remain there for a while. Tuesday, Soriano attempted to throw a bullpen session, which would hopefully be the beginning of his rehab program. Instead, he felt soreness and his session was cut short. He's been shut down indefinitely and is going to get another MRI. (Yankees.com via Twitter)

As several have pointed out on Twitter in the past several minutes, this is the type of situation that leads to a visit to Dr. James Andrews (Update: Sure enough, that's where he's headed Wednesday, per New York Daily News) and ends up with surgery. That's nothing more than speculation at this point, but it's not premature. Soriano's got elbow inflammation and it won't go away. That's usually a sign something is wrong.

The 2011 season has been an unmitigated disaster for Soriano. After being one of the most dominant closers in baseball last season for Tampa Bay, Soriano has a 5.40 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 16 appearances for the Yankees. He signed a three-year, $35 million contract in the offseason that was against general manager Brian Cashman's better judgement, and he has been a punching bag for the New York press and fans, too. A season-ending surgery would be the proverbial cherry on top.

But let's not go that far just yet. The MRI results are still pending.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:32 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:46 am
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:39 am
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

 No reason to pile on Posada or Jeter's extension but neither of them are worth the money they are being paid.
This is the last year of Posada's current contract.  Given his age and how awful he's been as the DH so far this year it's highly unlikely the Yankees bring him back next year.  



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

Yankees just throwing money away.  Soriano will get $11M next season and $14M the following unless he opts out.  No way he opts out if his elbow is damaged.  CC has 4 years and $92M left on his contract but can opt out after this season.  He of course is asking for more years from the Yanks or he might test free agency.  No way they should extend him but A-Fraud already took them to the bank in this same scenario.  No reason to pile on Posada or Jeter's extension but neither of them are worth the money they are being paid.  I for one am a huge fan of Jeter's.  But at this point in his career, he isn't an everyday short stop and he isn't a good enough hitter to be a DH.  They Yanks are simply making some bad decisions and they are paying for them (LITERALLY)!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

This goes to show that Randy Levine and Hal Steinbrenner should shut their mouths and let Cashman do his job.  Another bust free agent reliever the Yanks wasted their money on.  When are they going to learn their lesson??



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Soriano shut down, heads for another MRI

It looks like we have another Carl Pavano.


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