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The Seattle Times reported that Soriano was unavailable to pitch for the Mariners on Thursday due to continuing problems with his right shoulder fatigue. The right-hander has appeared in three games, since being removed from the disabled list on Aug. 4 with the injury.
The Mariners placed Soriano on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue.
Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said he will go with a closer-by-committee after Eddie Guardado blew his third save in his last six outings Wednesday night. Soriano, who has a 2.30 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings this season, should be in the mix. Also figuring in ninth-inning duties are George Sherrill and J.J. Putz.
Soriano agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The 26-year-old right-hander could earn additional bonuses based on how many starts and relief appearances he makes. Soriano, a middle reliever, is 3-6 with two saves and a 3.24 ERA in 63 career games.
Soriano was activated from the 60-day disabled list. He made 13 minor league appearances over the past few months, most recently in Triple-A Tacoma, where he struck out 11 in 5.1 innings.
Hope has been rekindled that Soriano may return to the majors this year, following Tommy John surgery in August 2004. Over the weekend, the Mariners' promising righthander said he expects to head out on a 20-day minor league rehab assignment soon. He also said he might throw a simulated game Wednesday in Seattle.
Soriano, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last August, had his rehab program stall this week when he reported shoulder soreness in a bullpen session Wednesday.
Soriano, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last August, is expected to pitch one more simulated game before going out on a minor league rehab assignment. The Seattle reliever has been clocked in the low 90s during his pitching sessions, though he still experiences some discomfort in his rebuilt elbow.