Sprained right thumb sidelines SorianoAlfonso Soriano was a late scratch from the Yankees' lineup with a sprained right thumb, the team announced Saturday. 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 their lineup, was scratched just before their game against the Red Sox with a sprained right thumb. According to Fox Sports, Soriano suffered the injured making a diving catch in Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Soriano was batting cleanup in manager Joe Girardi's original batting order against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. Though Phelps' stamina has not been built up for a spot start or long-relief role, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he could use Phelps "as a one-inning guy, maybe a little bit more than that."
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