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Juan Soto has elbow inflammation and is out of the lineup, but is not on the Yankees’ injured list

NEW YORK – Yankees player Juan Soto is recovering from elbow inflammation and not a serious injury such as a torn ligament, a relief for the team and its fans.

Soto was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season when New York opened a high-profile series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday evening. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the three-time All-Star outfielder was day-to-day and will not appear on the injured list.

“In general we have received good news. Just inflammation,” Boone said. “There may have been some anxious moments.”

Soto was removed from Thursday night’s 8-5 win over Minnesota after five innings due to left forearm discomfort. Soto said after the game that he had been experiencing forearm pain in his throwing arm for a week and a half.

He felt sore during a 56-minute rain delay against the Twins and was examined by head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. About twenty minutes before the restart, the Yankees decided to send him for testing.

“Once he gets warm and gets going, they work on him, the hitting and throwing in the game has been fine. It gets to that point and the next morning I wake up a little sore. Different movements, just a little stiff,” Boone said. “The rain delay happens and it’s like, ‘I have to go through that process again.’ Dr. Ahmad was here, so I thought, “Hey, why aren’t we getting a picture of this?” And I think there’s a little peace of mind for him, like why is this still sticking?

Soto started all 64 games in his first season with New York after being acquired from San Diego in December.

“I was a bit worried about it,” he said Thursday evening. ‘It’s quite funny. It doesn’t hurt when I throw or hit. It’s more like a pain I feel with every movement I make with my arm. But it definitely doesn’t stop me from playing baseball.”

Soto is hitting .318 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs, helping the Yankees to a 45-19 Major League record.

“We all decided to not come back to work after an hour, sit here, get warm again, warm up,” Soto said. “We didn’t want to risk something like that, so we decided to stop.”

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