Alfonso Soriano has thumb sprain

Updated: September 14, 2013, 8:59 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- The injury bug took another bite out of the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon when Alfonso Soriano, one of the most productive hitters in the lineup, was scratched just before their game against the Red Sox with a sprained right thumb.

After the Yankees' 5-1 loss, Soriano said he hopes to be able to play Sunday night at Fenway.

The Yankees did not disclose how Soriano injured his thumb, but Fox Sports reported that the outfielder suffered the injury while making a diving catch in Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Soriano stole a hit from Baltimore's Manny Machado with a diving play in left field during the fourth inning of that game.

Soriano 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.''

Since joining the Yankees on July 26, Soriano has hit more home runs (15) and driven in more runs (47) than anyone in the majors.

Soriano was replaced Saturday by Ichiro Suzuki, while Alex Rodriguez was moved into the No. 4 slot in the batting order.

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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