Rafael Soriano Becomes the Man of the Hour

May 16, 2012 12:00 AM

Rafael Soriano Becomes the Man of the Hour

" When the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano as a free agent before the 2011 season, Brian Cashman made the unusual choice at the press conference announcing the deal.

Normally, general managers say a few positive things at such events and then turn things over to the newly signed player but Cashman cut in a different direction. He said that ownership went over his head to make the deal with Soriano and that he wouldn't have done it if he'd been left to his own devices.

Cashman was telling the truth then and he'd be telling the truth now if he said that he was very happy to have Soriano on the roster. With the news that David Robertson is hitting the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, an injury that has kept some players out for long stretches in recent years.

The Yankees obviously hope that Robertson will be back in a few weeks and that he'll resume firing fastballs past hitters when he does, but they should count themselves lucky that losing Robertson so soon after losing Mariano Rivera (and with Joba Chamberlain already out) doesn't completely sink their bullpen "

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