Sori mystery: Ready or not?

October, 3, 2012
10/03/12
6:18
PM ET
It is still unknown whether Yankees closer Rafael Soriano will be available for tonight's regular-season finale against the Red Sox. Soriano worked a season-high two innings, and threw 43 pitches, 12 more than he has in any other game this season, in Tuesday night's 4-3, 12-inning victory.

Soriano said before the game he would play catch and talk to Joe Girardi, who would inform the media. Girardi said in his pregame news conference he had not spoken to Soriano yet. Afterward, Soriano went to the outfield, tossed a little bit, shagged some flies and disappeared through the bullpen gate.

So it appears we will all find out at the same time if Soriano is available tonight -- if, in a save situation, the bullpen door swings open and out he comes.

Until then, it remains a mystery.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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