Split nail keeps Soriano out of Yanks' win

Split nail keeps Soriano out of Yanks' win

Split nail keeps Soriano out of Yanks' win
BALTIMORE -- Yankees right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano was unavailable during the club's 5-4, 12-inning win over the Orioles on Tuesday because of a split fingernail on his pitching hand.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Soriano tore the nail on his middle finger while throwing sliders in the bullpen as he warmed up in the seventh inning. Instead, the Yankees left rookie David Phelps in, and he rewarded them with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

"I might have put [Soriano] in there tonight," Girardi said. "We were trying not to."

Girardi said that he does not know if Soriano will be available on Wednesday night for the series finale at Camden Yards. Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild debated using Soriano in the 11th inning with the club running out of pitchers, but they were concerned that Soriano's pitching hand would start bleeding again if he took the mound.

The Yankees took the lead in the 12th on Raul Ibanez's ground-rule double, and Mariano Rivera recorded the final three outs for his first save of the year and the 604th of his career.

"It was really smart of the guys to get the run when they did," Girardi said.