Yankees reliever Soriano could be out 2 months

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NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano has an inflamed ligament in his right elbow that could keep the former All-Star out up to two months.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that Soriano was examined Wednesday by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Andrews recommended that Soriano rest the elbow for about two weeks before beginning a light throwing program.

Cashman doesn’t think Soriano will be able to face hitters for at least six weeks.

Soriano, signed to a three-year, $35 million deal in the offseason, has been on the DL since May 17. He is just 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances this season.

The Yankees claimed reliever Kanekoa Texeira off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A to add depth to their bullpen. They also transferred Phil Hughes to the 60-day DL to make room on their 40-man roster.