ATLANTA -- For those wondering why Rafael Soriano didn't enter Monday night's 3-0 Yankees win over the Braves in the ninth inning, the right-hander was held out by manager Joe Girardi because of a blister on the tip of his right index finger.
Soriano is expected to be available to pitch in Tuesday night's rematch.
"It's just a real little blister on his finger," Girardi said. "My thought is that he'll be available [on Tuesday]. He said it was OK, but I wasn't comfortable, so I gave it a day."
Soriano blew the save and a 4-3 Yankees lead on Sunday at Yankee Stadium against the Mets. The Yanks ultimately won, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth on Russell Martin's walk-off homer.
Instead of starting the ninth on Monday with Soriano, Girardi turned to righty Cory Wade for the inning's first out, then got the final two outs from lefty Boone Logan. Girardi used four relievers behind victorious starter Ivan Nova, who worked the opening seven innings, giving up only five singles and improving to 8-2. That quartet retired all six hitters it faced in the eighth and ninth.
Soriano said he felt the blister develop on Sunday but warmed up and threw long toss before Monday's game, adding that he could've pitched against Atlanta. The finger had a bandage wrapped around its tip in the visitors' clubhouse after the game.
Soriano has recorded nine saves in 10 opportunities this year and has assumed the closer role due to injuries to Mariano Rivera and David Robertson.
"[Girardi] said it could be nothing -- 'Just give me one day, come back and tell me how you feel,'" Soriano said. "I've never had a problem like this before. Not in this finger. In the [ring] finger, my nail broke, but that was different. We'll see what happens. Hopefully, it will feel better."