ATLANTA -- The only real mystery in the Yankees' 3-0 win over the Braves tonight came in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Joe Girardi went not with his closer, Rafael Soriano, but with Cory Wade to get the first out, and Boone Logan to get the last two.
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Had Soriano's blown save on Sunday afternoon meant the end of his days as a closer come Monday night? Or had there been a recurrence of the shoulder problem that landed him on the DL around this time last season?
Nothing of the sort. According to Girardi, Soriano developed a blister on his right index finger while pitching the ninth inning against the Mets on Sunday, and a few minutes later, Soriano showed up at his locker with a bandaid around the tip of said finger.
“I don’t feel it until after the game yesterday,” said Soriano, who tested the finger with a few tosses in the bullpen before the game. "I feel a little bit sore, so Joe said, 'We’ll give you a day.'”
"My thought is he’ll be available tomorrow,'' Girardi said. "It’s just a real little blister on his finger. He says he’s okay, but I’m not comfortable with it. So we’ll give him one more day.''