gods-wrathAlfonso Soriano has been dealing with a troublesome knee for most of this season. But before you blame his absurd struggles on the knee, know that (1) he’s said he feels great and that his swing feels good, and (2) he’s the one who has insisted on playing despite the knee issues.

The left fielder was scratched because of his painful left knee and braced for a possible MRI exam.

”I hope it’s nothing serious. I want to see the doctor and see,” he said. ”I don’t like surgery.”

Soriano had been told he likely was dealing with tendinitis. He has been playing through pain since hurting the knee when he banged it against the wall while chasing a fly ball April 22 at Wrigley Field.

”It was like when you hit the ground diving for a ball,” he said. ”I hit the ground all the time diving and don’t pay attention to it. With the knee, I hit the wall, and it’s been [hurting] the rest of the season. I thought it would be one or two days and I’d be fine.”

He said he was told earlier in the season that going on the disabled list for two weeks might clear up the problem.

”I said, ‘I don’t want to take two weeks; I want to play,”’ he said. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

I can only assume Soriano meant to end that sentence with the word “badly.”

Off-season, or even season-ending surgery sounds like it may be the best idea for both Soriano and the Cubs. He isn’t getting any younger (or any less paid), so a healed Soriano for 2010 may be the best we can hope for.