News: According to MLB.com, when Alfonso Soriano (hamstring) returns to the team's lineup Monday against the Brewers, he will no longer be in center field. "We're going to put him in left field," manager Lou Piniella said. "He's got that strain, and it'll be less running and much better for him." Soriano ran in the outfield and around the bases for the second straight day Saturday. "Actually, he wants to play," Piniella said of Soriano. "We're going to wait until Monday. Get a little more treatment, get a little stronger, and by Monday night, he'll be ready to go."
Analysis: There you have it Fantasy owners. It looks as though Soriano is a safe play for Fantasy Week 4 (April 23-29). The move to left, where he played last year with the Nationals, will likely help keep his legs in the lineup. But the move to left now leaves the Cubs with an abundance of outfielders. Cliff Floyd and Matt Murton were in a platoon in left. The Cubs recalled Felix Pie to play center in Soriano's absence and they have not said what they intend to do with him. Jacque Jones is in right field, and if Pie gets sent back down to Triple-A, Jones would be the likely candidate to move into center field being the most athletic outfielder. If that happens, the left field platoon will likely shift to right.
IMO, this is great news. He can preserve his legs and there is less pressure to learn the position (one of the hardest) in one of the toughest ball parks in MLB.