Tag:Rafael Soriano
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:00 pm

Rafael Soriano to DL; Dickerson recalled

By Evan Brunell

SorianoThe Yankees have shelved reliever Rafael Soriano, placing him on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

It's not immediately clear what the issue is, but Soriano underwent an examination Tuesday after having already missed a week with the injury. It's likely the prudent move, as Sori simply hasn't been his old self this season with a 5.40 ERA in 15 innings, striking out 10 and walking 11.

To replace Soriano, the Yankees dipped down for outfielder Chris Dickerson, acquired from the Brewers in late spring training for pitcher Sergio Mitre. Dickerson was hitting .248/.370/.354 in 135 plate appearances for Triple-A and is in the lineup Tuesday as Nick Swisher, mired in a deep slump, will ride the pine due to an illness.

Dickerson could stick in the majors as the team was at 13 pitchers prior to the Soriano move.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: May 17, 2011 11:05 am

Pepper: Galarraga rotation spot in danger

By Evan Brunell

BLOWUP: Think Armando Galarraga is nervous about doing his job? Check out this meltdown against a reporter...

Reporter: Do you worry about your spot in the rotation?
Galarraga: No, why would I be worried? Is there something I have to worry about?
Reporter: Well, after tonight's performance, possibly...
Galarraga: You think? Why don't we talk about it at the end of the season? I don't count five starts.
Reporter: Aren't you disappointed?
Galarraga: I'm disappointed for this start. I'm not disappointed for the rest of the season. What are you talking about? What are you talking about, "When I next start"? Huh? Who you say I'm gonna be worried about my next start? Huh? (Unintelligible) ... my next start, or are you saying I'm gonna lose my job. Are you trying to say that?

Galarraga has made eight starts on the year so far and has a 5.91 ERA to show for it. He was already in danger of losing his job prior to Monday and then gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings to the Padres, walking two and whiffing one.

Hey, it's not easy to be someone like Galarraga -- a fringe major-league player who won't ever haul in millions of dollars unless something changes fast. He's got minimal job security, is on his third team in his career and clearly sees the writing on the walk. Just chalk this one up to a bad day. Athletes are asked a lot to stand before a microphone day in, day out on both good and bad days -- and woe to those who aren't in the right frame of mind and run out of patience. Everyone's allowed one of these days. (AZ Snakepit)

What to do when a diminutive white player gains a cult following, the appreciation of a manager and minimal impact on offense? Easy -- compare him to David Eckstein, which Rays skipper Joe Maddon did to Sam Fuld. (St. Petersburg Times)

GOODBYE: Tyler Colvin was optioned to Triple-A to get more at-bats, as he's been buried behind the hot play of the outfielders. But GM Jim Hendry wasn't forgiving in his evaluation of Colvin. "He had a really good year for us and since the first days of spring training he never played up to that level. We're in the production business. It wasn't that he wasn't given enough at-bats. He didn't earn enough at-bats. The other guys here outplayed him, too." (Chicago Tribune)

A STEP FORWARD: Danny Espinosa has been slumping lately and especially hideous from the left side. So naturally, when the Pirates brought in a right-handed reliever to flip Espinosa, a switch-hitter, to the left side of the plate, he cracked a two-run homer to send the Nats to victory. (MASN Sports)

It's all injuries, all the time today at Pepper...

TUESDAY TEST: Chipper Jones will test his injured right knee Tuesday after receiving two cortisone injections. If all goes well, he could be back in the lineup Tuesday night. But if his torn meniscus doesn't respond, he may need arthroscopic surgery, which will force him to miss two  to three weeks of action. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Rafael Soriano will likely be put on the disabled list if the latest report is any indication. Soriano told reporters that he will probably miss another week or two unless his examination Tuesday goes splendidly. He hasn't pitched in the last seven games and threw his team under the bus (again) by saying he didn't think he would have affected the outcome of these games and the poor offense is responsible for the futility. (New York Times)

Franklin Gutierrez has been sidelined all year with a mysterious stomach ailment, but is progressing so well he could debut this week. He DHed at Triple-A Monday and will play a full nine in the field on Tuesday before going to Seattle for a status report. (Seattle Times)

BROXTON TOSSES: For the first time since hitting the disabled list, Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton played a game of catch. Exciting, right? There is no timetable yet on Broxton, nor any (public, at least) word on the next step. (MLB.com)

NISHIOKA TURNS CORNER: The Twins can't wait to have Tsuyoshi Nishioka back and received good news to that effect as "he's starting to turn the corner," trainer Dave Preumer says. He underwent sprinting drills Monday. (MLB.com via Twitter)

TILLMAN INJURED: Despite only having two pitches to work with, Chris Tillman was handcuffing the Red Sox through five innings and 88 pitches. He left the game and saw his bullpen cough up the game. Why? Now we know it's because he left the game with back tightness that flared up during the fifth. It was the second injury removal of the game, as Derrek Lee left the game in the third with a strained oblique. (MASN Sports)

DAVIES TOO: Vin Mazzaro gave up 14 runs against the Indians and is the story nationwide, but that never would have happened if not for Kyle Davies. Davies left Monday's game after just 21 pitches with shoulder soreness. He underwent a MRI, and the team is currently waiting for the results. If Davies hits the DL, Mazzaro may have been a candidate to replace Davies in the rotation... but then that whole 14-run thing... (Kansas City Star)

Rangers ON COMEBACK TRAIL: Good news for the Rangers, as two-thirds of their expected starting outfield could be back in the fold before long. Josh Hamilton is expected to head on on a rehab assignment as early as Wednesday and should be back with the big-league club at some point in their six-game homestand that begins May 23. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz doubled in his rehab start Monday and could rejoin Texas on Friday. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

TEAHEN UP IN AIR: Mark Teahen, sidelined by a strained oblique, will be evaluated on Tuesday before a decision is made on whether to DL him. It's too early to guess which direction this goes in, but if Teahen is on the DL, it will constrain third base candidates to Brent Morel and Omar Vizquel. Dayan Viciedo will receive the call from Triple-A if needed. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:30 pm

Rafael Soriano, Jason Heyward to receive MRIs

By Evan Brunell

SorianoTwo important contributors to teams on the east coast will undergo MRIs in the next couple of days.

The Yankees' Rafael Soriano has turned around his early-season struggles, but his velocity was down on Sunday and now will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, as the New York Daily News reports. There is likely nothing to worry about, as the MRI is strictly precautionary after Soriano informed manager Joe Guillen that his elbow was "a little bit tender."

Sori has a 5.79 ERA on the year in 14 innings, walking and striking out nine apiece. However, he has been unscored upon in his last four appearances.

HeywardJason Heyward was replaced in the game during the eighth inning for the Braves due to shoulder problems that will lead to an MRI on Tuesday.

"His right shoulder has been bothering him, and he came in the inning before we put [Eric] Hinske out there and said it was really, really bothering him," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the game.

Heyward noted that the shoulder has been bothering him since spring training and his hand went numb after his last at-bat when he returned to right field. It remained numb throughout the half-inning, which prompted his removal from the game.

“Right now I’d say it’s starting to come up my forearm a little bit more, the numbness," Heyward said in what certainly sounds like a scary injury. Heyward says he's been affected by the injury all year, which may be one reason for his .226/.329/.444 start.

"It’s not been a consistent swing. It hasn’t felt good, really, for any consistent period of time," Heyward said. "I tried to play through it.” 

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:41 pm

Rough early season for Soriano in Bronx

By Matt Snyder

Rafael Soriano is the big topic of discussion Wednesday for Yankees fans and the New York media alike. Not shockingly, considering his line thus far in the season, it ain't pretty.

Soriano blew a four-run lead April 5, nearly blew a three-run lead on April 16 and lost the lead completely Tuesday night to the White Sox on a Paul Konerko two-run homer. He's got a 7.84 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and has walked eight hitters in 10 1/3 innings. This is coming off the heels of a season where he was one of the most dominant closers in baseball, racking up 45 saves on a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings. And how about this one? He only walked 14 guys all last season, so he's more than halfway there already.

What's worse is Soriano's attitude doesn't seem to be winning anyone over. He refused to talk to the media after the April 5 debacle, something that infuriated the writers. If you do a Twitter search for Soriano's name, it's chock full of Yankees fans saying he doesn't appear to care.

After Tuesday night's game, Soriano expressed his frustration.

"It has not been easy for me," Soriano said. "I've tried to figure out how to do the same that I did last year. I've been struggling right now, but I'll take it, forget all that tonight, come back and find out." (Metro )

Mike Francesca, famed New York sports-talk radio personality, is letting Soriano have it today, according to many New Yorkers on Twitter, including saying he'll "draw pictures" to help Soriano figure out how to get outs. Which is weird, since Francesca has never recorded a big-league out himself.

There also seem to be problems with Soriano not being a New Yorker, as he's describd an immature "out-of-towner" in one outlet (Staten Island Live ). And there are many who definitely believe Soriano should be removed from the eighth-inning role immediately. (New York Post )

Honestly, I tend to agree with removing Soriano from eighth-inning duties for the time being, just to let him get his head clear and find some success in non-pressure situations. It's no secret some players aren't used to the pressure that comes with playing for the Yankees from both the fans and the press. When he's being piled on in addition to possibly having lost a bit of confidence, the Yankees should find a way to get that back.

Joe Girardi does have an option or two. David Robertson is a very solid back-end of the bullpen pitcher. He's a hard-throwing, high-strikeout guy. He's yet to allow a run in 2011 through 8 1/3 innings. He's struck out 10 and only walked two. Joba Chamberlain has done the role before and has 12 strikeouts to only three walks, though he's been knocked around a few times by opposing hitters. Not as much as Soriano, so he's a better option.

But Robertson seems like the best eighth-inning option for Girardi at this point for everyone involved, most of all Soriano.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:42 am

3 up, 3 down for 4/5: Yovani to rescue

By Matt Snyder

Lots of great performances Tuesday, so remember this is no all-inclusive list. There were also some young arms that excelled -- oh, and don't forget about the lanky toast of Queens . On the flip-side, there were some pretty equally dreadful performances. Basically, we're finally getting settled into a routine regular season. Thank the lord. Anyway, here we go.


Yovani Gallardo, Brewers. Had the Brewers' ace come through with merely a good outing, so long as it resulted in a victory, it would have been the biggest performance Tuesday. They desperately needed to get a win out of the way. Instead of simply being good enough, Gallardo did what a true ace does: He put the team on his shoulders. The offense hasn't hit well since opening day? No issue. All he needed was one (and, yes, that's all he got). The bullpen keeps melting down? No worries, Gallardo didn't need 'em. The 111-pitch complete game, two-hit shutout was a beauty in so many ways. He was easily the most important player in all of baseball Tuesday.

Melky Cabrera, Royals. Teammates Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had big blows leave the yard, but Melky's walk-off single propelled the now 4-1 Royals to a 12-inning victory. He was 3-6 with three RBI in the game.

Marlon Byrd, Cubs. After beginning the season just 3-18, Byrd went 3-4 Tuesday, his last hit being an RBI double that put the Cubs on top for good after a bullpen meltdown.


Manny Ramirez, Rays. According to various tweets, he's already drawing boos from the hometown fans. It's not like he's in Boston or New York. He's drawing boos in laid-back St. Petersburg. It's hard to argue with the locals, either. Manny B. Manny was 0-4 with three strikeouts and three men left on base Tuesday. That means he's hitting .063 with zero extra base hits, zero walks and a .126 OPS thus far. Let's give him lots more at-bats before sounding the alarm -- small sample size and all -- but it's entirely possible his illustrious career is running on fumes.

J.A. Happ, Astros. Not many more ways to say it. Happ was flat out dreadful against the Reds. He should blend right in with the rest of his team, I guess. In four innings, Happ gave up seven hits, five walks and seven earned runs. He walked in two guys and hit in another -- that's a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, not a base knock for his team. The Astros are 0-4 and have looked pretty awful -- though we should point out opening at Philly and Cincy isn't too easy.

Rafael Soriano, Yankees. Mark Teixeira's hot bat and CC Sabathia's lockdown pitching had the Yankees cruising to victory through seven with a 4-0 lead. Soriano entered. Walk, line out, walk, single and strikeout read the line after five hitters. Still, no runs had yet scored and there were two outs. But then Soriano walked Joe Mauer and allowed Delmon Young to clear the bases -- and more importantly tie the score -- with a double. Then, after the game, Soriano pulled a no-no when he refused to talk with the New York media. For a sampling of how the reporters feel about the situation -- and how they believe the other players feel as well -- check out this Twitter feed .

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:26 am

June draft order set

With Carl Pavano signing with the Twins, there are now no Type A free agents left unsigned, which means there are no more possible compensatory reassignments of first-round picks. Compensatory picks can still be added for Type B signings, but those will fall in the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds.

That's a long way of saying we have our first-round order for the 2011 June draft, which is projected to be one of the richest and deepest in recent years.

1. Pirates
2. Mariners
3. Diamondbacks
4. Orioles
5. Royals
6. Nationals
7. Diamondbacks (for unsigned 2010 pick Barret Loux)
8. Indians
9. Cubs
10. Padres (for unsigned 2010 pick Karsten Whitson)
11. Astros
12. Brewers
13. Mets
14. Marlins
15. Brewers (for unsigned 2010 pick Dylan Covey)
16. Dodgers
17. Angels
18. Athletics
19. Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez)
20. Rockies
21. Blue Jays
22. Cardinals
23. Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn)
24. Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford)
25. Padres
26. Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre)
27. Reds
28. Braves
29. Giants
30. Twins
31. Rays (from Yankees for Rafael Soriano)
32. Rays
33. Rangers (from Phillies for Cliff Lee)

It's a good time to be the Diamondbacks (who have two of the top seven picks), the Brewers (two in the first 15) and the Rays (three first-rounders). The Rays also also have a whopping seven sandwich-round picks, meaning that as of today (with more sandwich picks to come) they'd make 10 of the first 53 picks.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:56 pm

Cashman vetoed on Soriano signing

Brian Cashman The signing of Rafael Soriano didn't seem like a Brian Cashman move -- especially after he'd said publicly he wasn't going to do it -- and now it's official. At Wednesday's press conference, Cashman admitted it was Hal Steinbrenner's call to sign the Rays closer.

"I didn't recommend it just because I just didn't think it was an efficient way to allocate the remaining resources we had," Cashman said (via the New York Times ) . "We had a lot of debate about it. Like everything on the free-agent market and trade market, you discuss it, make your recommendations to ownership, and they choose what direction they prefer to go given the circumstances. My preferece was waiting. They obviously acted, and we are better."

Steibrenner, apparently, was the one willing to shell out a the three-year, $35 million contract to Soriano, who will serve as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera. Cashman said he didn't feel Steinbrenner's veto was a challenge to his power.

"I think it's certainly a sign at times if Hal wants to go different directions that could happen," Cashman said. "I think that's certainly the case. This is their team. Does that happen often? Will it happen a lot? I just think it depends on the circumstances what the comfort level is taking place at the time. Not to say it won't happen again, not to say it will. It's hard to say."

The biggest issue was the fact Soriano is a Type A free agent, meaning the Yankees must give up their first-round pick to the Rays as compensation. The 2011 draft is seen as one of the deepest in years. Cashman said he didn't want to give up that pick for a set-up man. He was willing to give it up for Cliff Lee.

"I think 29 clubs would love to have Rafael Soriano thrown down their throats," Cashman said (via ESPNNewYork.com ).

Team president Randy Levine told ESPNNewYork.com that there is no rift in the organization and the team is happy with Cashman, there was just a difference of opinion and in the end, the ones who sign the check have the last word.

"Cash is the best general manager in the game," Levine said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:05 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 9:35 pm

Yankees sign Rafael Soriano

SorianoIn a season wrought with more frustrations than answers, the Yankees have agreed to terms with closer (now setup man) Rafael Soriano, as CBSSports.com's Scott Miller confirms. The deal is thought to be for three years and $35 million according to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown.

Both the Yankees and Soriano found the free-agent market chilly, so the two have hooked up on a deal that will put Soriano on track to succeed Mariano Rivera as closer when Rivera's two-year deal runs out.

Soriano posted the best ERA of his career for the Rays in 2010 after coming over in a deal with the Braves. His 1.73 ERA and league-leading 45 saves led Tampa Bay to the playoffs and he was supposed to cash in with a lucrative contract over the winter. While he certainly ended up with a lucrative deal, it was far less than he was reported to be seeking, and he'll be receiving the deal as a setup man, not closer. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay receives a third first-round pick and will have nine prior to the start of the second round thanks to compensation picks. They could yet earn one more pick with Grant Balfour still out on the market.

For those wondering why Soriano would commit to three years when the soonest he can close is 2013, the player retains the right to opt out of the deal after the first and second year, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports. Don't bank on that happening, as Soriano would be hard-pressed to find a deal dishing out roughly $12 million annually, especially without save numbers to bolster his case. 

Although GM Brian Cashman declared the club was going to retain its first-round pick, clearly netting Soriano has changed things. The Yankees had ample dollars in their budget, but had nowhere to spend it other than Soriano. So hey, might as well. Plus, the lack of a first-round pick is not a major issue in an environment where New York can just pluck players later in the draft with high bonus demands that slip.

Soriano and Mariano Rivera will combine to earn just over $26 million as the eighth and ninth-inning pitchers of choice.

Does it make up for missing out on Cliff Lee? Not at all, but it does help soften the blow as the Yankees will now be able to go toe-to-toe with the Red Sox in the later innings.

-- Evan Brunell

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