Joe Girardi said the struggles the Yankees are going through aren't unusual. Tampa had an awful start, as did Boston, and both teams have recovered.
"I have been on a lot of clubs that this has happened to as a player, coach and manager," Girardi said after Monday night's loss. "You like to say that you are immune from it but you're not. No team is immune from it...It is never fun when you go through it. For me, it is like when I have to go to the dentist. I know I'm going to get through it, but I still dread it every time I go."
*** The strangest part of the night, which is saying something the way things have been going around this team of late, came when Rafael Soriano talked about his sore right elbow and his bullpen session getting cut short.
Girardi said Soriano will head back to New York today to meet with team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad. But, in news that is likely to raise the eyebrows of, among others, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and certainly GM Brian Cashman, Soriano said executive vice president Felix Lopez gave his advice.
Lopez’s suggestion, Soriano said, was that the reliever take 1-2 weeks off, “just to be safe.”
Lopez intercepted Soriano after his bullpen session and accompanied the reliever down the dugout steps and into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.
Cashman did not return a text seeking comment and a team spokesperson said late Monday night Lopez was serving as an “intermediary” between the training staff and Soriano.
The reliever also gave his take on the six-game losing streak.
“The bullpen is not the problem,” he said. “I think it [is] the hitters. Those things happen sometimes.”