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If it were earlier in the season, or if he were still a member for the Chicago Cubs, Alfonso Soriano would likely be taking a few games off to rest his ailing right right. However, he's now a member of the New York Yankees, a team in the midst of a playoff chase, and Soriano, who's dealing with a thumb injury, told reporters -- including Bryan Hoch of MLB.com -- that he can't afford to take days off.
"We're in the race and it's not time to take a day
off," Soriano said. "I just want to do the best I can and help the
team to win."
Soriano is playing through pain at the plate and in the field, but he's still playing. He suffered the injury while manning the field when his thumb was bent back during a diving catch. The veteran then aggravated the ailment on the base paths while sliding headfirst.
While the Yankees would otherwise consider using Soriano as a designated hitter, that isn't an option with Alex Rodriguez's condition. Rodriguez had been restricted to DH duties over the weekend due to his hamstring injury, but he was forced out of yesterday's game by a calf ailment. If the Yankees want to keep A-Rod in the lineup, it will likely have to be as DH. This forces Soriano to play the field.
Considering the Yankees have already lost regulars Kevin Youkilis, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter to injury, the team is counting on Soriano's presence in the lineup all the more. The 37-year-old has found his power stroke since rejoining the Yankees, hitting .254/.305/.524 with five doubles and 15 home runs over 200 plate appearances.
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