MESA, Ariz. Any chances the Cubs have of making this interesting will hinge upon staying healthy. And their lineup could swing with how Geovany Soto produces.
Soto who spent 19 days on the disabled list last May with a left groin strain has been limited throughout camp with another groin problem. Manager Dale Sveum said he expects Soto to be playing in a Cactus League game by Saturday.
Everythings going good. Hes not even feeling anything now, Sveum said Monday. Thank God it was just a minor little twinge and we got a grip on it early in camp.
Sveum said Soto caught during Sundays workout and did pretty much everything (except) run 100 percent.
The Cubs have been looking at a window of clearing Soto sometime between Wednesday and Saturday, but theyll be cautious and run him through several more full tests.
Sveum said he doesnt expect this to be a lingering issue for Soto, whos been on the disabled list four times in the past three seasons. Theres also no need to rush the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, who two seasons later led all big-league catchers with an .890 OPS.
For a team that waved goodbye to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena (54 homers and 173 RBI combined last season), that could be a difference-maker.