Geovany Soto Headed to Disbaled List – Not Good

Posted on 11 July 2009 by Lou

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Geovany Soto is headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.  Soto injured the left oblique during batting practice before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.  Oblique strains tend to take a while to heal, so the Cubs are anticipating that Soto will need at least a month to recover from the injury.  Soto will go to the Cubs facility in Mesa, Arizona to begin rehabbing the injury.

After winning the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year Award, Soto has endured a disappointing 2009.  He missed time at the beginning of the season with a right shoulder strain and is only hitting .230 with 8 HR’s and 27 RBI’s on the year.  Koyie Hill will start for the Cubs at catcher during Soto’s absence and Jake Fox will be the primary back-up during the weekend series against the Cards ay Wrigley.  Mark Johnson is the only other Cubs catcher will major league experience, but he is on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa.  GM Jim Hendry will likely have to look outside the organization to pick up a back-up catcher until Soto returns.

The hits just keep on coming for the Cubs.  It is going to be a long 2009 MLB schedule on the North Side of Chicago…

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