3/2 Soriano open to leading off

Alfonso Soriano says Dale Sveum asked him how he felt about leading off before inserting the left fielder into the top spot in the lineup for Friday’s intrasquad game.

“He asked me a couple days ago what I thought about batting leadoff and I said, ‘I’m open,'” Soriano said. “My last time batting leadoff here was two, three years ago. I said to the manager, I’m open to any decision he makes. It’s more important for me that I’m feeling good and we’ll see what happens.”

There is a chance Soriano could be leading off during the regular season as well. Right now, Sveum is experimenting with different combinations. How would Soriano feel about leading off during the season?

“I don’t know, maybe he’ll try something in Spring Training,” Soriano said of Sveum. “I think now is the right time to do it and see how I look, how the team looks and he’ll make the decision. I feel very comfortable because most of my career, I’ve batted leadoff. What’s more important is I feel healthy. Any part of the lineup, I feel great, I feel fine.”

Maybe it’s because the Cubs have a lot of younger players in camp but Soriano said he feels a little more spring in his step.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m surprised. I have 11 years in the league and I’m 36 years old, but I don’t feel like 36. As soon as I put on the uniform, I feel 25. That’s more important for me.”

— Carrie Muskat

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