Yankees prep Soriano for rehab stint

Yankees prep Soriano for rehab stint

TORONTO -- Right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano successfully worked through a 25-pitch batting-practice session at the Yankees' Minor League complex on Saturday, and now he'll move on to rehab games.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Soriano would likely stay in Tampa, Fla., where he'd pitch either in extended spring camp or a Minor League rehab game -- considering he came out of Saturday's session feeling good.

Soriano hasn't pitched since May 13 because of inflammation in his right elbow, and he had been throwing just BP lately.

Girardi isn't sure how many rehab games Soriano will need to pitch in before being activated from the disabled list, but the manager said recently that it would be more than one and he may need to see Soriano pitch in back-to-back contests.

David Robertson has done an admirable job in place of Soriano as the setup man. Asked if Soriano would retake the eighth-inning role he previously occupied upon returning, Girardi recently said: "Let's just see. Let's just get him back first. Let's get him healthy and get him throwing the ball the way he's capable of."