Soriano was pulled for not running out a popout.
Alfonso Soriano - OF - Nationals
Nationals manager Frank Robinson confirmed that Alfonso Soriano was pulled from Wednesday's game for not running out a popout.
"That's the rule around here," Robinson said. "They've all been told. It's been said more than one time." Soriano, hit in the helmet by a pitch in the second inning, popped up to the catcher in fair territory in the sixth and hardly budged from the batter's box. He said he thought the ball might fade into foul territory, but Robinson's decision was fair and he wasn't surprised by it. Unless Robinson really wants to make a point, Soriano will be back in left field on Thursday. Apr. 6 - 1:48 am et
Ugh. I hope they trade him sometime.