The Chicago Cubs have decided to put down sit Alfonso Soriano indefinitely until/if his bum knee gets better.

“The crux of it is his knee is not strong,” Piniella said. “He’s having trouble playing on it. In fairness to him, we’re going to have him continue to do his exercises with the trainer and re-visit it down the road.

“There’s no timetable. … This is not a rest.”

Could Soriano be shut down the rest of the year?

“I’m not going to go that far,” Piniella said.

Piniella said Soriano was agreeable with the decision. Hardball.

Jake Fox will see ample starts in left field, spelled occasionally by Sam Fuld.

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