4/11 Soriano ready to go

Alfonso Soriano isn’t going to challenge for a Gold Glove but he has looked like a different player in left field. Soriano credits coach Dave McKay with his suggestions and positioning.

“He’s been working his butt off every single day trying to get better on hitting and defense,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s been doing a great job. The legs aren’t going to allow him to do a lot of things, the speed, but as long as he catches what he’s supposed to and throws to the right bases, that’s all anybody can ask for. He’s in there for his bat and Dave’s done a great job with him, working with him and positioning him and making sure nothing gets over his head and he’s deeper and we keep slugging percentage down to make teams get two or three hits instead of one hit.”

Soriano made a nice catch of Aramis Ramirez’s fly ball at the wall in the second inning Tuesday night and a good running catch of Adam LaRoche’s fly ball on Sunday. McKay says he doesn’t have to ask Soriano if he wants to do any extra work. The outfielder usually seeks out the coach during batting practice.

Sveum was going to give the 36-year-old outfielder a day off Wednesday after Tuesday’s night game but Soriano was ready to go.

“I talked to him about it and he said his legs are feeling great and he said, ‘I want to play,'” Sveum said. “It’s still early in the season and too early to be worried about guys being tired.”

— Carrie Muskat


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I must admit Soriano has (so far) greatly improved his defense including introducing himself to the wall for the first time in 4 years and of course he his only in the line up for his occassional base hits and homeruns. Even improving one’s defense from atrocius to adequate is quite an acheivment for him so kudos to Soriano. At least he is showing signs of being capable of putting the bat on the ball and we can only hope that he keeps it up to the point of drawing some trade interest from an AL team as he (and not Byrd) is blocking the arrival of Jackson. Byrd may be the one to leave making room for Jackson but he is no culprit. In fact I believe it was petrey10 (props) that expressed reservation over the DeJesus signing even at an “acceptable” contract amount and now re-thinking the signing I must wonder….was DeJesus even needed? No. I believe between Jackson, Campana, Sappelt, Johnson and ??? the Cubs would have had a more than adequate outfield that would have done just as much to contribute to a 1-5 start but at a lot less money. In fact, the speed and defense of this outfield may have scraped up one more victory than we have now.

WHAT’S THIS???!!? Soriano just went to the OPPOSITE FIELD for a hit, drove in two and THEN STOLE SECOND…..and THEN SCORED FROM SECOND on a hit by Stewart!!!! Hello? American League GM’s are you noticing? GET EM WHILE HE’S HOT.

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