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Solarte scratched late with sore shoulder

Solarte scratched late with sore shoulder

NEW YORK -- Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte was scratched from Sunday night's lineup with a sore right shoulder.

Solarte was slated to hit eighth and play second base in New York's series finale against the Angels. Brian Roberts got the start in his place.

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After the game, manager Joe Girardi said Solarte jammed his shoulder diving for a ball in Friday's game. Solarte didn't play Saturday. After watching Solarte take batting practice Sunday, Girardi could tell he wasn't 100 percent and "didn't look the same swinging."

That's when Girardi decided to remove him from the lineup.

"He had a test done, and the test came back good," Girardi said. "There's no damage to his shoulder. He just jammed it a little bit and we've got to get through it."

Girardi said not playing Sunday and having the off-day Monday could be all the rest Solarte's shoulder needs.

After signing with the Yankees as a free agent in January, Solarte earned a spot on the Major League roster at the start of the season. Through 21 games, the 26-year-old is hitting .301 with one home run, 13 RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage.

Chris Iseman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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