Geovany Soto Update – Easing Back Into Everyday Action

Posted on 19 April 2009 by Lou

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Geovany Soto is off to a slow start for the Cubs in 2009.  Soto has only 2 hits in 17 at-bats, good for a .118 batting average.  After missing a week to rest his ailing sore right shoulder, it looks like Soto could be back in the lineup for good after playing 2 straight games against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.  He still looks like he is getting comfortable at the plate and has swung at some poor pitches that he likely won’t be swinging out within a couple of weeks.  Let’s hope Soto can break out in nationally televised games this weekend – Saturday on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN.

Manager Lou Pinella had this to say about his NL Rookie of the Year player.  “Soto just [has] to go up the middle and to right-center for awhile to get his stroke down.  You get the adrenaline of a regular-season game.  You get the fact that he’s missed a few games.  You get the fact that you’re stronger because it’s cooler weather, [and] you get a little anxious and you want to do more.  [And] all of a sudden the strike zone starts expanding on you.”

Patience, patience, patience.  The hits will come for Soto very soon, and with that will come a lot of runs, and hopefully a lot of Cubs wins…

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