Apparently, catcher Geovany Soto's left-oblique strain is more serious than first thought. The Cubs are still calling it "mild," but they will place him on the 15-day disabled list today, and manager Lou Piniella said Soto could be out for one month.
In other news, Milton Bradley will not start today, as the Cubs go with Johnson in center and Fukudome in right.
The Soto DL move is another blow to the Cubs, who already have starting pitcher Ryan Dempster on the DL. They'll either call up a catcher from the minor leagues tomorrow or try to swing a trade. The Cubs have veterans Mark Johnson and Chris Robinson (a minor-league vet) at Iowa along with prospect Steve Clevenger.
With Soto out, Koyie Hill is your No. 1 catcher.
"He's going to be out probably a month or so," Lou said of Soto. "I don't know the exact time frame. It could be a little less. What are you going to do? You can't do anything about it. You can't complain about it."
As far as the lineup goes, Lou said Fukudome did fine as the leadoff man, but with Soto out, he needed to spread some hitting throughout. Bradley is batting .189 left-handed and is all out of whack from that side, as hitting coach Von Joshua told the writers the other day.
"Let him keep working with Von on his swing, and we'll go from there," Lou said, sounding less than enthused with the subject matter.
Just to remind you of Albert Pujols' hitting line:
"You don't want Albert to beat you," Lou said. "I think we've adhered to that for the three years I've been here. The secret is the keep the guys in front of him off the bases. If they're on the bases, you're going to have to pitch to him."
It's been drizzling lightly here. Enjoy.