2/25 Soriano says knee "surprises" him
Alfonso Soriano’s left knee has passed all the tests so far.
“I’m surprised,” Soriano said Thursday. “I feel much better than [Monday]. That’s a good thing. It’s only the second day and I see the difference.”
He’s not running full tilt yet, but hasn’t felt any pain or discomfort. He is going 100 percent during the outfield drills, has done lateral movements, and says there have been no problems. He also hasn’t had any problems hitting. His winter workouts have paid off.
“I can move around — that’s the only thing I’m doing 100 percent is the fielding and I don’t feel any pain at all,” he said. “No problem.”
The biggest hurdle for Soriano to overcome is mental, not physical.
“I need to trust it more,” Soriano said. “That’s the biggest thing. I think my knee is good but now I have to trust that it’s 100 percent.”
He does some warm up exercises before the Cubs practice. He hasn’t needed any post-workout ice packs.
“I want to forget what happened to my knee last year,” he said. “[Trust] is the hard part. So far, the first two days I feel good.”
The Cubs’ goal this year is to stay healthy. They need Soriano to return to form and hit 30 plus homers and drive in 70 something runs.
“It’s not only me,” Soriano said. “Everybody has to stay healthy. It’s a team; it’s not a basketball team where one guy makes a lot of difference. In baseball, everybody has to do their job to make the team better.”
On Thursday, pitchers Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva and Carlos Marmol will be among those throwing live batting practice to hitters like Soriano. That’s always fun.
“It’s very tough in practice like that,” Soriano said. “We have the same uniform, but not the same motivation. We joke around. At this time we can joke — when the season starts, we can’t joke.”
— Carrie Muskat