Saturday, September 14, 2013
Postgame notes: Sori hopes to play
By Wallace Matthews
BOSTON -- Alfonso Soriano's right thumb was too sore for him to swing a bat today, but the Yankees' slugging left-fielder says he hopes to be able to play as the Yankees try to avoid a sweep by the Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway.
"I'm not worried," said Soriano, whose thumb was not wrapped as he dressed to leave the park after Saturday's 5-1 loss. "The swelling is going down I hope today and tomorrow morning, and I'll be available to take my at-bats and swing the bat."
Soriano bent the thumb backwards while making a leaping catch on Danny Valencia's sinking liner Thursday night, but felt well enough to play and had a hit in four at-bats in Friday night's 8-4 loss. But he said his thumb was sore and swollen when he awoke Saturday morning and told team trainer Steve Donohue he would not be able to play after trying to take a few swings in the indoor batting cage.
After a full day of icing and treatment on Saturday, Soriano said he hopes to see enough improvement overnight to play on Sunday. "To me, it's very tough to watch the game," he said. "We lost, too, which makes it worse. There's nothing I can do about the game today so I hope tomorrow we've got a better chance to win and play better. It's only like two weeks left. I just want to keep playing and try to help the team to win."
Not many highlights today, but:
• Robinson Cano caught Dave Winfield for 18th place on the Yankees all-time RBI list (818) when his fourth-inning ground out drove in Curtis Granderson with the Yankees' only run of the game.
• Granderson's triple leading off the fourth was his second in four games. He also tripled Wednesday night in Baltimore. He also had a double in the sixth.
• Brendan Ryan had the Yankees' only other hit, a fifth-inning single. The three hits were their lowest total since they were held to two hits by Tampa Bay's Chris Archer on July 27.
• In five starts against the Red Sox this season, CC Sabathia is 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA. The Yankees are now 6-12 against Boston this season, their worst mark against the Red Sox since 2011, but with just one meeting left, can't match their all-time worst, when they went 4-14 against the Red Sox in 1973.