New York Yankees: Injuries to Rafael Soriano, Pedro Feliciano and More

Harold FriendChief Writer IMarch 21, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Rafael Soriano #29 of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after the top of the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 26, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees announced that Rafael Soriano will undergo an MRI today. A team spokesman told the media that Soriano's velocity was down on Sunday, which was the reason for the cautionary examination.

Cashman didn't want to sign Soriano, who had been a closer with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 and with the Atlanta Braves in 2009, but owner Hal Steinbrenner, in the tradition of the Steinbrenner family, insisted on the signing. What a move.

In April, the Yankees announced that Pedro Feliciano has a torn capsule in his left shoulder, which will likely require arthroscopic surgery and a year of rehabilitation. 

General manager Brian Cashman compared the problem to that suffered by Chien-Ming Wang.

"It is a Chien-Ming Wang-like issue, and he is still trying to come back with Washington. Some people can come back, but the odds are a lot more difficult."

It was Cashman who signed Feliciano to an $8 million, two-year deal. After the injury, the classy Yankees' general manager laced into New York's most beloved team, the New York Mets, for over-using the left-hander.

Feliciano had appeared in 266 games over the last three seasons.

Cashman seems to have forgotten what Joe Torre did to Scott Proctor (83 games in 2006).

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen trumped Cashman when he explained that the Mets didn't re-sign Feliciano because they were concerned with the number of innings he had pitched, which reminds one of a great old film, Seduced and Abandoned.

Peppino Califano has been intimate with his girlfriend. When the girl's father demands that Califano marry her, he refuses. The father asks why. Califano replies that he can't marry her because she's not a virgin.

Yesterday, the Yankees announced that Phil Hughes will start throwing off flat ground Thursday. The young right-hander received a cortisone injection about two week ago in an attempt to relieve discomfort in his pitching shoulder. A series of tests failed to determine Hughes' aliment.

The Yankees limited the number of innings they allowed Hughes to pitch throughout his brief and injury prone career. They were sincere in their approach, but its effectiveness must be questioned.

Promising youngster Chien-Ming Wang, won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007, but on June 15, 2008 Wang injured his right foot   while running the bases in a game against the Houston Astros. Wang missed the rest of the season, but that was not the worst part.

Wang compensated by changing his pitching motion (can anyone say, "Dizzy Dean?"), which resulted in a sore arm. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Wang's release point was five inches higher than it had been when he was a 19-game winner.

Owner George M. Steinbrenner who, it was recently revelealed, helped the FBI prevent some form of terrorism, was livid when he learned about Wang's injury. As usual, Mr. Steinbrenner missed the point.

He called the National League "old and not up to date" and said that the Senior Circuit should "get with the times."

Of course, Mr. Steinbrenner was referring to the fact that the National League still plays baseball the way it was meant to be played -- no designated hitter.  The late Yankees' owner ignored the fact that if there were no interleague play, Wang would not have played in Houston.

American League pitchers rarely bat in the American League. They almost never run the bases. An excellent question is, "Why didn't manager Joe Girardi pinch run for Wang?"

It is specious reasoning to blame Yankees' management for the problems the team has had with its injured pitchers, but it must be admitted that those in charge, from Hal Steinbrenner to Brian Cashman to Joe Girardi have made some moves that might be questioned..

And the signings of Hideki Irabu, Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Javier Vazquez twice haven't even been discussed.


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