May 12, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alfonso Soriano (12) reacts in the dugout before taking on the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Is Alfonso Soriano Breaking Out?


New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com on Wednesday that he believes outfielder Alfonso Soriano is close to breaking out of his current slump.

“It seems like he’s starting to swing the bat better again. For me, he’s always been a guy that’s a little bit streaky. We know that. He had some hits the last couple of days. We could use it…We’ve been scoring runs lately. Lately, we’ve been having a hard time shutting the other team down. We’ll take as many [runs] as we can get.”

Soriano is currently just 10-for-40 with 15 strikeouts in the month of May. He went 1-for-5 in the Yankees’ 12-7 loss to the Mets on Tuesday and he went hitless in four at-bats in the Yankees’ 4-0 win against the Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday.

Acquired by the Yankees in a trade last summer, Soriano hit only .256 in 58 games for New York in 2013, but he also hit 17 home runs and had 50 runs batted in. This season, he has only five home runs in 36 games and has just two three-hit games. He is hitting .241 with 15 runs batted in.

Soriano did, however, become just the seventh player in Major League Baseball history with 1,000 hits in both the American and National League on Monday night.

Soriano will get his next opportunity to turn around his season on Thursday night against right-hander Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets at Citi Field.

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