8/31 Quick hits: Call-ups, Soto, & Soriano
The Cubs begin play Monday 5 1/2 games behind the Rockies and Giants in the National League Wild Card race.
“There’s still time,” Lou Piniella said. “We’ll see what happens.”
* The Cubs will add three players on Tuesday, Sept. 1, when rosters expand. Expect to see Micah Hoffpauir, Andres Blanco and Justin Berg. On Wednesday, David Patton was expected to join the Cubs. They’ll add seven to eight players.
* Geovany Soto said he understands why Piniella has decided to lean more on Koyie Hill. Soto was batting .212 for the season, and Piniella said it’s a “mystery” as to why the young catcher is struggling in his sophomore season.
“I would’ve thought that coming into this season he’d have a solid season,” Piniella said of Soto, the 2008 Rookie of the Year. “Maybe not .280 like he hit last year, but certainly a solid Major League season.”
“It’s been surprising to me to see him struggle,” Piniella said.
* Alfonso Soriano may be ready to play Tuesday, but is more likely expected back in the lineup on Wednesday.
— Carrie Muskat