3/4 Emphasis is at-bats for Soriano
Alfonso Soriano may be leading off Sunday for the Cubs but that doesn’t mean he’ll be leading off in the regular season. Right now, Dale Sveum is trying to give Soriano at-bats and if the left fielder bats sixth or seventh, it’ll make for a longer day.
“He’s up there and this gives his legs a little bit of a break here in Spring Training,” Sveum said Sunday about batting Soriano first. “He’s been working as hard as anybody. i was there, even though I had to play all the innings all the time. You try to gradually build into the seven innings on the field, nine innings on the field. You don’t like giving guys starts without giving them three at-bats. That’s the basics behind that right now.”
— Carrie Muskat