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Yankees’ Rafael Soriano To Visit Dr. James Andrews After MRI No. 2

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Rafael Soriano (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Rafael Soriano (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano is going to be examined by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews after having a second MRI on his sore right elbow.

The Yankees would not reveal the results of the exam until he sees Andrews and the club’s doctors on Wednesday.

“I’m more concerned now because I really thought we would have him getting ready to possibly go out on a rehab assignment,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “That doesn’t seem to be the case now.”

The team said Soriano was given a contrast MRI on Tuesday after the right-hander was shut down a day earlier when he felt soreness in his elbow while throwing on flat ground.

Soriano had an MRI on May 11 and has not pitched since May 13.

“(Luis) Ayala has stepped up and done a nice job,” Girardi said. “He’s kind of become our third guy. It just takes a talented person out of our bullpen.”

The AL saves leader last season for Tampa Bay has struggled with New York after signing a three-year, $35 million deal in the offseason. He is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

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