According to multiple reports on Thursday night, Lou Piniella “has one more move up his sleeve to try to wake up his slumbering, slumping lineup.” Piniella called it “a measure of last resort.”
The move would be shifting Alfonso Soriano to second base, a position he has not played regularly since 2005, and inserting Micah Hoffpauir in left. According to the Sun-Times, Piniella “suggested after the game he’ll sit slumping infielder Mike Fontenot for a while — which would seem to open up that possibility a little more.”
With Micah Hoffpauir hitting and as Rick Sutcliffe put it, the only real power threat the Cubs have right now beyond Soriano, the Cubs must find a way to get him into the lineup. Piniella has mentioned the possible move to Soriano but the two have not talked in length about the position shift.
The Cubs will make a roster move on Friday in order to activate Carlos Zambrano from the DL. There are three possible moves that could be made and could involve Jose Ascanio, David Patton or Neal Cotts.