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God’s Wrathwatch: Geovany Soto Could Be Back As Soon As Wednesday

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gods-wrathChicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been out for, well, a long time with a strained oblique. Fortunately, he’s been rehabbing successfully (he went 1-2 in a rehab outing last night for the Cubs’ AA affiliate in Tennessee), and he might be back sooner than expected.


“Wednesday wouldn’t be soon enough for me,” [manager Lou] Piniella said.

[Koyie] Hill has caught 207 innings since Soto was hurt. That’s nearly three games more — 27 innings — than any other catcher in baseball. The Dodgers’ Russell Martin is next, at 181 2/3 innings, followed by St. Louis’ Yadier Molina (179 2/3 innings) and Milwaukee’s Jason Kendall (174).

“I would think if [Soto] catches well tonight and doesn’t feel any after-effects tomorrow and can DH tomorrow, whether he catches in Tennessee on Wednesday or catches here, I don’t see any difference,” Piniella said. “It gives us a chance to rest Hill on Thursday, and he’ll have from Tuesday to Friday [off], and then maybe we can alternate them so both can catch.”


The Cubs had been pegging a Friday return for Soto. Certainly Koyie Hill could use a day off, but rushing Soto back could be the old missing the forest for the trees problem.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.