Injured Yankee reliever Rafael Soriano threw on Tuesday, but even though the Yankees said he was improved, he was shutdown for at least one week until he will pitch again, according to Bryan Hoch and Matt Fortuna of MLB.com.
“If we felt it was 100 percent, we would have continued with this throwing program,” Girardi told MLB.com. “He’s close, but he’s not quite there.”
Soriano was placed on the 60-day DL in order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired Cory Wade. That makes him ineligible to return to action until the middle of July, but at this point, for a guy who might eventually need Tommy John surgery, a mid-July return seems very unlikely.
The Yankees are smart taking it cautiously with Soriano. With Joba Chamberlain out for the next year, getting Soriano back for a stretch run would be huge and more important than ever.