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Soriano likely activated by weekend

Yankees relief pitcher Rafael Soriano reacts after getting

Yankees relief pitcher Rafael Soriano reacts after getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning against Minnesota. (Apr. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Rafael Soriano isn't likely to be activated Wednesday, as many, including the setup man, thought would be the case. But it's not the result of a physical setback, Joe Girardi said.

Because Soriano, on the DL since May 14 with inflammation in his right elbow, pitched back-to-back games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday and Monday.

"He's thrown two days in a row and we want to make sure when we do bring him back, he is recovered," Girardi said. "So we'll see how he feels [Wednesday] and then we'll go from there."

The likely option is Soriano being activated before this weekend's series against the Orioles. Thursday is a day off.

Girardi said Soriano, who did not appear in the clubhouse before the game, felt "good" when he arrived at the ballpark.

"[Just] the normal soreness that you'd have after throwing two days and you hadn't thrown for a while," Girardi said. "Our plan is to activate him soon."

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