BOSTON - Alfonso Soriano was back in the lineup Sunday night, but his sprained right thumb didn't feel a whole lot better than it did Saturday, when he sat out the Yankees' 5-1 loss.
"It's not normal but it's OK," Soriano said before the game.
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The leftfielder, who hurt the thumb Thursday in Baltimore while making a diving catch, then got to the heart of the matter. "I think we're in the race and it's not time to take a day off," said Soriano, who entered the game with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 46 games since being acquired in late July.
Soriano has received ice treatment and hit in the indoor batting cages to test the thumb, which was in a small wrap.
Joe Girardi, whose offense desperately needs him, wasn't asking too many questions. "Whatever he tells me," Girardi said.
And the word from Soriano, most emphatically, was go. He promptly lined a single in the first inning.
Gardner: We'll see
Brett Gardner, diagnosed Friday with a grade 1 left oblique strain, rejoined the team Sunday night. Though Girardi said Friday he hoped the centerfielder might be able to make it back by the final week as a pinch runner, Gardner didn't sound as optimistic. "I can't run, throw, hit," he said. "But I would say it will be at least a week before I can move around and start doing anything."
Logan visits Dr. Andrews
Though Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) played catch Saturday and felt "better," according to Girardi, the lefty reliever headed to Pensacola, Fla., to be evaluated by Dr. James Andrews.
Said Girardi, "He actually played catch [Saturday] and he played better catch, but just to reassure everything's OK, we sent him there."