According to a report on Cubs.com, Geovany Soto “expects to be ready after missing Friday’s game.” Soto was a late scratch with the left hand injury that he has been dealing with from time to time this season. X-rays were negative and Lou Piniella reported following Friday’s game that the x-rays showed joint irritation.
Soto said “it felt funny” on Thursday and there was swelling on Friday that forced him out of the lineup. According to a report in the Sun-Times, x-rays were negative and the report called the injury a bruise. If Soto is hurting then Lou Piniella should give him time to recover and not risk him being out for any length of time. Soto is just as important to this team as Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee. Most get wrapped up in offensive numbers but what Soto has meant to the pitching staff this season cannot be seen in a box score.