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Soriano's elbow issue could be serious

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Rafael Soriano will travel to Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday to visit Dr. James Andrews -- a trip that rarely winds up with good news for the injured pitcher in question.

A dye-contrast MRI exam on Soriano's ailing right elbow -- the third MRI he's had since May 11 -- revealed more severe results, and while the Yankees declined to make those results public until Andrews has a chance to review them and examine Soriano, it was apparent the news was grim for the setup man.

"It showed enough for him to go see Andrews," a team spokesman said.

Soriano's throwing session on flat ground Monday was shut down after he complained of continued soreness in his elbow, prompting the more detailed MRI on Tuesday.

"I'll wait to see what Andrews says," manager Joe Girardi said. "I didn't anticipate, when he had the setback (Monday), that we'd have him for a while anyway."

Soriano -- who has had two elbow surgeries during his career -- has been out since May 14. Although the Yankees had hoped that he wouldn't miss much more than the required 15 days on the disabled list, it now appears that they'll be without him for quite some time.

That means that Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson will continue to fill the primary setup roles, with Luis Ayala working his way into the mix.

"The one thing it does do is we used to use three guys in two innings, and now it's two for two innings," Girardi said, referring to Chamberlain and Robertson. "There are days when they're going to need days off, and Ayala has stepped up and done a nice job. He's kind of become that third guy."

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