Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano played just 117 games last year – and when he did play, he wasn’t altogether healthy or effective. The Cubs are hoping he gets back to form this year, because they could surely use his bat.

Alfonso Soriano’s left leg is passing all the tests.

On Wednesday, Soriano was 2-for-4 and scored a run on an error by Atlanta first baseman Troy Glaus in the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Braves. Soriano had a checked-swing double in the second and reached on a fielder’s choice in the fifth. He took off on a hit-and-run and reached third on Mike Fontenot’s single before scoring on the Glaus error. Soriano also singled in the ninth.

“I’m feeling very good,” the left fielder said. “I want to test my knee. How I played today is how I want to be all season.”

He doesn’t seem to be at 100% quite yet, but hopefully it will continue to improve, and he’ll start feeling it more at the plate. As we’ve said before – a healthy, productive Soriano completely changes the Cubs’ lineup.

  • Bric

    Random thought: If the Cubs are 5 or more out of the wildcard by July then they’ll probably start selling and look to next year. This is a very early progmostication of what the it might look like:

    Probably gone:
    Pinella, Lilly, Lee, Nady (due to expiring contracts)
    Zambrano (due to mental illness)

    Possibly Gone:
    Dempster, Ramirez (big contracts and possible trade value at the deadline)

    Long shot but possibly gone:
    Fuke, Grabow (big contracts and possible a little value at the deadline)

    Sandberg and Maddux in as new head coach/ pitching coach for next year. Hendry? Possibly fired. I know it’s just two games in but Ricketts is a businessman and has already got to be thinking of the money spent, the production received, and how to balance the two.

    • Kevin G

      I agree With on of your Probably gone but Zambrano only way he will ok a trade is to the White Sox and they dont have the money for him.

      Fukudome is gone, because of Colvin. Dempster no Way and A Ram no way, because they both have full no trade clauses. Of course so does Fukudome, Lee, and Lilly too. Pretty much everyone but Nady, and Grabow have no Trades.

    • Ace

      As much as I’d like to see the Cubs go that way if they’re far out of it, I just can’t see it happening. They’re locked into so many big money deals beyond just next year that they’ll only be able to do a halfway rebuild.

      Then again, doing things halfway is kind of the Cubs’ MO.

  • Bric

    The NTCs and large contracts would definitely get in the way of an possible July deal for Ramirez and Dempster (unless it was a team they really want to go to and management is already talking about 2011 by then). But if Lilly, Lee, and Pinella are all out, it might make Aram’s and Dempster decision to go someplace else easier by December. I honestly hope they hold on to all of the aforementioned players for another year or two because I think it’s a better line than any alternatives in the minors. I just think Ricketts is going either want to see production value for the money spent or just start over completely.