UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees.
First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and now after taking some time off to rest the injury Soriano experienced more pain and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he’s been “shut down indefinitely.”
Soriano played catch Sunday and afterward manager Joe Girardi expressed some optimism that he could come off the disabled list by the end of the week, but according to Hoch he’s now headed for another MRI exam.
Soriano, who saved 45 games with a 1.73 ERA for the Rays last season but had a lengthy injury history early in his career, is making $10 million this season and his unique contract essentially includes player options for $11 million in 2012 and $14 million in 2013.
The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.
Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.
Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.