gods-wrathChicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been battling a sore knee since late April, following an outfield wall collision. Recently, both he and the Cubs were thinking that an MRI and a disabled list stint might be due. Well, Soriano, at least, has changed his mind.

Soriano plans to have an MRI exam on the Cubs’ next day off, Sept. 10, unless the knee gets significantly worse before then, and he could seek a cortisone shot to get through the last few weeks of the season.

”I want to play because the team needs me,” Soriano said, ”and I want to play for my fans and my team. I played with this for four months. We have [38] games left — why can’t I play the rest of the way?” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Yes. If there’s one thing that this year’s Chicago Cubs team needs in order to play as well as it has, it is Alfonso Soriano.

Mmm. Batting under .200 with no homers for almost a month, and spotty defense in left, while Jake Fox sits on the bench. Yes. That’s our 2009 Chicago Cubs in a nutshell.