ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees placed RH reliever Rafael Soriano on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he complained of lingering tightness in his right elbow.
The former Rays closer had an MRI exam in New York that revealed no structural damage but did show inflammation in his pitching elbow.
"He's thrown the ball really well for us at times and he's struggled at times,'' said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who has used Soriano as a setup man. "Unfortunately, he hasn't felt good lately. We just need to get him back and get him healthy and get him doing what he's capable of doing.''
The Yankees recalled OF Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was in the lineup batting ninth Tuesday in place of RF Nick Swisher, who had a stomach illness.
HIP, HIP, JORGE: Yankees DH Jorge Posada was back in the lineup — batting seventh — three days after he asked out of work against the Red Sox when he learned he was batting ninth. "It was the place to put him,'' Girardi said. "There are a lot of things I look at and I just thought it was the place to put him.''
LA RUSSA IRATE: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa objected to Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman calling St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter a whiner for complaining about the mound condition and the smoke that lingered from fireworks set off after a homer. La Russa said Brennaman "earned the right to get into the Hall of Fame. And now he ought to keep earning that respect instead of abusing it."
ALL-STAR GAME: The Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson and Nationals' Jim Riggleman will be coaches for the Giants' Bruce Bochy, the NL manager, at the game in Phoenix on July 12. The Indians' Manny Acta and Blue Jays' John Farrell will be coaches for the Rangers' Ron Washington, the AL manager.
A'S: LHP Dallas Braden had surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder and likely will miss the rest of the season.
CUBS: OF/1B Tyler Colvin, who was batting .113 in 62 at-bats, was demoted to Triple-A Iowa. OF Tony Campana was called up from Iowa.
MARINERS: CF Franklin Gutierrez, out all season because of stomach problems, is feeling better at Triple-A Tacoma and could rejoin the team today.
METS: A CT scan on David Wright confirmed he has a stress fracture in his lower back, and the third baseman will be placed on the disabled list today.
ORIOLES: 1B Derrek Lee (strained oblique) and SS Cesar Izturis (numbness in right hand) are likely to go on the disabled list.
PADRES: 2B Orlando Hudson, out since May 4 with a strained hamstring, is expected to return from the disabled list when eligible Thursday.
RANGERS: OF Josh Hamilton, out since April 12 with a broken right arm, is on schedule to play his first rehab game today with Double-A Frisco.
REDS: 3B Juan Francisco, on the 15-day disabled list since April 18 with a strained left calf, was activated and optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
RED SOX: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka will go on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right elbow.
ROYALS: LHP Danny Duffy, 22, one of the top prospects in a vaunted system, will be called up from Triple-A Omaha today to start against the Rangers.
TWINS: C Joe Mauer took a significant step in his recovery from bilateral leg weakness, reporting to extended spring training in Fort Myers.
WHITE SOX: 3B Mark Teahen went on the 15-day disabled with a strained oblique muscle. 3B Dallas McPherson was called up from Triple-A Charlotte.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.