gods-wrathGeovany Soto has been out for a long time with an oblique strain, but he’s finally ready to starting a minor league rehab stint, and then return to the Cubs next week.

Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 because of a left oblique strain, will begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment this weekend and could return to the Cubs by Wednesday, general manager Jim Hendry said.

”Optimistically, we hope he’s back in the lineup no later than Colorado,” Hendry said of a series that opens against the Rockies next Friday in Denver. ”Maybe a chance a little before that.”

via Cubs may see Soto back by Wednesday :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Cubs.

The Cubs have played well in Soto’s absence – 13 and 7 – but it will obviously help the club to have Soto back. As things stand, the Cubs cannot appropriately use Jake Fox off the bench because he has to stand ready as the back-up catcher. Which, of course, he never actually gets to do – Koyie Hill has started 20 games in a row.