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Elbow Stiffness Still Bothering Yankees’ Rafael Soriano

Rafael Soriano (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Rafael Soriano (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano is still being slowed by stiffness in his right elbow.

The setup man felt discomfort during a bullpen session on Monday. His status is being re-evaluated.

“There is something there, and I will see the doctor,” said Soriano. “It’s been sore, like before.”

The right-hander underwent an MRI exam last Wednesday that showed mild inflammation. He made his 16th appearance of the season in Friday night’s game against Boston.

Soriano also deflected blame away from the bullpen when asked about  the Yankees’ current losing streak.

“I don’t think it’s the bullpen right now,” he said, “it’s the hitters.”

New York signed Soriano, who was the Tampa Bay Rays’ closer last season, to a $35 million, three-year contract during the offseason.

Soriano is 1-1 with one save and a 5.40 ERA this season.

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