Heard Pinella in an interview on Espn radio in Chicago earlier today. He said Soriano was running at 75% before the game yesterday and he hopes to have him back on Monday.
When asked if Pie would stick around, he said that he's the best defensive outfielder they have, and that's something they need, so there's a good chance he could stick around.
I hope he doesn't come back until he's ready, or until the weather warms up, whichever comes first!
I drafted him with my first pick in two leagues....and he's killing me. Wish he'd get straight - I had doubts aobut drafting him because of the new contract (always better to look for players in an option or a contract year)....but decided he might have something to prove, so went ahead with him.......
I still think he'll be ok. I would be happier if he was playing left field. I'm not concerned with how he's played thus far....it's been really cold. I hope the Cubs are smart and stick with Pie in center and move Soriano to left. That should take the load off playing center field.
I doubt they'll bring him back today. I don't want him to get rushed. Hamstrings are a pain to get back from. Better to be certain its ok.
Cubs fans should not get their hopes up for a miracle appearance by center fielder Alfonso Soriano in the upcoming weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Manager Lou Piniella put any possibility of that to rest.
"He ran today, and he was about 75 percent," said Piniella. "Mark O'Neal, our trainer, feels that by Monday or Tuesday, he'll be ready to play. He'll run again on Saturday in Chicago, in cooler weather, see how he feels, maybe even a little bit on Sunday and then be ready to play by Monday or Tuesday. That's the scenario we have for Soriano."
It'll be in the mid 60's on Monday and Tuesday, so hopefully he's back to 100% before they throw him back in the lineup.