The Rafael Soriano era in New York continues to be abysmal, and it doesn't sound like it's going to get any better in the near future.

The right-handed reliever had an MRI on his right elbow that showed possible damage, and as a result, Soriano will head to Alabama to meet with Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN.com.

"I'm more concerned now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in reaction to the latest news. "I thought we'd have him getting ready to go on a rehab assignment soon. But that doesn't seem to be the case now."

Soriano was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 14 with the arm issues, and the team had expressed some optimism that his return was coming soon. The reliever threw a flat-ground side session on Monday, but that was cut short. It was then that it was determined that he would get an MRI.

Soriano, who had given up nine earned runs in just 15 innings of work before the injury, is in the first year of a three-year, $35 million contract.