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Of all the personnel the Chicago Cubs could lose to injury, catcher Geovany Soto might be the hardest to stomach. He leads all catchers in several offensive categories, and he’s been the most consistently good batter the Cubs have had all year.

But we’re going to get a steady diet of Koyie Hill for at least a couple days after Soto went down last night.

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is day-to-day after fouling a ball off his left foot in the third inning of Monday night’s 5-2 win over the Astros.

Soto had another at-bat in the sixth and was then lifted on defense. He tried to stay in the game, but his foot stiffened up, and the Cubs athletic trainers decided treatment was a better option. The ball hit him in the arch of his foot.

What about Tuesday?

“Let’s see,” Soto said. “It’s not the bone, it’s not a major thing. It’s in a tough area. If I’m putting some weight on it now after ice, it’s not a big thing.”

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he felt Soto would definitely be available Friday, when the team opens a weekend series in Colorado. cubs.com.

The injury didn’t look terribly serious, and it’s good to hear that it wasn’t. It’s still a crummy time to lose Soto for even a couple games, as the Cubs try to prove they can make a miracle comeback over the last couple of months before having to make difficult trade decisions leading up to Saturday’s trade deadline.

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