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Soriano to see doc; Feliciano to throw

Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano

#29 RP
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM16
  • W1

  • L1

  • BB11

  • K10

  • ERA5.40

In what would be a departure from recent events, the Yanks may get some positive news on the injury front Monday.

Reliever Rafael Soriano is expected to see a doctor on Monday and hopes to get a clearer idea of when he can start throwing.

Soriano has missed the last 24 games – and counting – with right elbow inflammation. He has been a huge disappointment thus far when healthy, with 15 hits and nine earned runs allowed in 15 innings.

But the Yankees no doubt would welcome Soriano back with open arms because they are so short-handed in the bullpen.

Joba Chamberain is done for the season – and possibly longer – with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

That’s forced David Robertson to step into the eighth inning role – a role the Yanks expected Soriano to fill when they signed him to a $35 million contract in the offseason.

Joe Girardi also said that Pedro Feliciano, who has missed the entire regular season with a left rotator cuff strain, will play catch tomorrow. Feliciano started playing catch at the beginning of the month. There is no date set for his return to the mound but he is optimistic that he can return this season.

Feliciano would give the Yankees some depth at left-handed specialist. Boone Logan is currently the only lefty in the bullpen.

Another left-handed specialist, Damaso Marte, will play catch on Monday. Marte is out indefinitely with left shoulder labrum inflammation. He had offseason shoulder surgery to correct the problem.

In other injury news, infielder Eric Chavez continues to work in the battting cage but still has not tested his foot injury by running on it. Chavez has been out since May 6 with a fractured left foot. He is on the 60-day disabled list.