Soriano said he woke up yesterday with tightness in his lower back. He tried to pitch today, but after a few throws in the bullpen, he knew he was unavailable. He believes he’ll be fine tomorrow. “I played catch like normal,” he said. “When I went to the bullpen, I tried throwing. I called and said I needed one more day.”
Soriano said he has not had a history of back problems. He’s not worried that this will be a lasting situation. There are no tests scheduled.
It was frustrating watching the Yankees struggle in the 8th inning yesterday and wondering why Rafael Soriano wasn’t in the game, but it turns out it was back issues. They seem minor and part of me wonders if they aren’t at least partially exaggerated, but this is something to keep an eye on. Back problems can occasionally be a bigger problem than they seem and could linger all season long.
Hopefully he isn’t exaggerating an injury and hopefully it doesn’t linger. The Yankees have gotten lucky with their starting pitching all things considered and the bullpen has actually been a bit of a problem. They need Soriano to get his act together and help make the pen the strength that we all thought it would be.