Soriano not expected back until July

Published May. 25, 2011 1:00 a.m. EDT

Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano will not require major surgery on his balky elbow, but general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday he is expected to be out until the All-Star break.

Soriano visited Dr James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, where he was diagnosed with an inflamed ligament in his throwing elbow, the same elbow that has required two previous surgeries.

Andrews prescribed two weeks of rest, and then a 4-6 week throwing program.

The $35 million setup man has not pitched since May 13 against the Red Sox. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list four days later after complaining of soreness and stiffness in his elbow.


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