3/1 Soriano's love handles
Right-hander Thomas Diamond’s pitch went a little too far inside on Alfonso Soriano during live BP on Monday and plunked the outfielder on the left side.
“Thank God, it was in the fat right here,” Soriano said, pointing to his left side. “That’s the first time in 10 years [I got hit]. He got me.”
Soriano isn’t expected to play in the Cactus League opener Thursday for the Cubs. He’ll wait for his 50 at-bats.
“The last two weeks of Spring Training are more important for me,” Soriano said. “The first two weeks mean nothing.”
So far, his knee has passed all the tests and he said if the regular season opened on Tuesday, he’d be ready. It’s still early.
“I’m more focused on the season,” Soriano said. “Spring Training is almost boring for me. I have my job — before I had to do my job to make the team. Now I’ve made the team and it’s boring. The last two weeks are more important for me.”
Well, there are a few kids here eager to show they can do the job. Soriano laughed.
“I’m working hard,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat