The New York Yankees were going to have Alfonso Soriano in their cleanup spot and playing left field for Saturday afternoon's game against the Boston Red Sox, but with about 10 minutes to go before the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Soriano out of the lineup with a sprained right thumb.
Girardi said that Soriano hurt the thumb while trying to dive for a ball when the team was playing the Baltimore Orioles this week and had been bothering him since.
With Soriano out for Saturday's game, the Yankees shifted Alex Rodriguez to the cleanup spot in the lineup, moved Vernon Wells from right field to left field and Ichiro Suzuki starts in right field.
Soriano had been hitting .252 with 32 home runs and 98 RBI in 2013; in 46 games he had been hitting .251 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI since being acquired back on July 26 from the Chicago Cubs.
Yankee fans can only hope the injury doesn't linger on during the rest of the season, as Soriano has been one of the Yankees best hitters since the summer.
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