- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Rafael Soriano will not be back in the Bronx before the All-Star break.
The Yankees placed Soriano on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. He was originally placed on the disabled list on May 17 (retroactive to May 14) with right elbow inflammation. The earliest Soriano can join the Yankees is July 15.
Earlier in the week, the team hoped Soriano would be cleared to resume a regular throwing program. Soriano attempted to do so on Tuesday. But afterward, the Yankees medical staff ordered Soriano to halt the throwing program for at least seven days.
"He threw on Tuesday and they decided that he is going to take another week and continue with the therapy here," Girardi said. "He'll start throwing next week."
Girardi did not say that Soriano suffered a setback. But any delay in Soriano's rehabilitation is significant. The reliever signed a $35 million deal in the 2010 offseason to serve as the Yankees setup man and has largely been a disappointment thus far.
Soriano allowed nine runs on 15 hits in 15 innings pitched before he was sidelined with right elbow inflammation.
Girardi said Soriano felt "better than he was the last time he went to play catch" but said the Yankees had to alter Soriano's throwing program because he was not "100 percent."
"If we felt (Soriano) was 100 percent we would have continued with this throwing program," Girardi said.
"He's close but he's not quite there."
In a corresponding move, the Yankees signed minor league pitcher Corey Wade to a major league contract and added him to the 25-man roster. They optioned reliever Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Scranton.
Wade, a right-hander drafted in 2004 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2009 for the Dodgers.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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