Soriano at 2B?
The Cubs don’t have many backup options at third base with Aramis Ramirez out for four to six weeks because of a dislocated shoulder.
“The only other option we would have — and you all are going to like this one — is move [Alfonso] Soriano to second and [Micah] Hoffpauir to left,” Lou Piniella said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t get to that. That, again, is a measure of last resort.”
What has to happen for the Cubs to do that?
“We’ll explore all our other options [first],” Piniella said. “I feel very comfortable with our outfield with Soriano in left field. I want to get Hoffpauir in the lineup, I want to give everybody else the opportunity to swing the bats the way they’re capable. I’ve talked about it with Alan [Trammell]. I would think it’s a very remote possibility, but we’ll see.”
Has he talked about it with Soriano?
“Very briefly, in a passing nature,” Piniella said. “We haven’t had a prolonged conversation about it.”
Soriano didn’t laugh when Piniella discussed it. He did play second for six years.
“Let’s just keep that in the back of our heads, nothing more, nothing less,” Piniella said. “Maybe that was a 3:30 in the morning thought last night.”
— Carrie Muskat