Rafael Soriano was placed on the 15-day DL with elbow stiffness; Chris Dickerson was recalled from AAA Scranton and placed right into tonight’s starting lineup, batting 9th and playing RF in place of the slumping Nick Swisher.
Soriano’s MRI came back with just inflammation, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. Carig also reported that Swisher is sick which could be part of the reason Dickerson is starting tonight.
Great news that Soriano got another clean MRI and it’s also good news that they are putting him on the DL, believe it or not. He’s been complaining about elbow problems for most of the month and this will finally give him time to just take some time off. The Yankees have also been carrying 13 pitchers on the roster because of him which severely limited their bench.
Dickerson will now be the fifth Yankee outfielder. He was originally drafted by them in 2000, but didn’t sign. They traded for him this spring for Sergio Mitre. He has spent this entire season in Triple-A where he played in 30 games while hitting .248 with a .724 OPS. In 173 career major league games he has a .267 average and a .759 OPS.