Yankees right-hander Rafael Soriano has been sent for another MRI examination and will be sent to see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, as the reliever had to cut short a flat ground throwing session on Monday after feeling more soreness in his pitching elbow.
“I’m more concerned now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I really thought that we would have him getting ready to possibly go out on a rehab assignment shortly and that doesn’t seem to be the case now.”
At this point even if Soriano gets good news from Dr. Andrews it doesn’t seem likely that he will return anytime soon. I’m half expecting to hear that he will need Tommy John surgery. That would be the second time he’s had the procedure.
This is a big reason why Brian Cashman was against this signing. Relievers are volatile creatures and they are especially volatile when they have a history of arm problems. Now the Yankees are likely sunk $35 million on a pitcher who wasn’t even very good when he was healthy and could miss up to a year now (don’t forget the draft pick).
To make matters worse, the Yankees actually have one of the better bullpens in baseball in spite of him making this a truly unnecessary signing.