The Chicago Cubs today sent catcher Geovany Soto for an MRI on his right knee, which was sore when he woke up this morning. Fortunately the results showed no tears and just minor swelling.

Soto apparently injured the knee Sunday while sliding into second base on an eighth inning double, and was limping Monday.

“I’m a little concerned about his knee,” manager Mike Quade said. “No effects during the game whatsoever. He goes home last night, goes to bed and wakes up and has some problems. We’re going to be real careful with him.”

Koyie Hill will catch Monday night against Pittsburgh. Soto is listed as day-to-day, and the Cubs don’t have any plans yet to call up a catcher, such as Welington Castillo, from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago Breaking Sports.

Rosters expand on Wednesday, so the Cubs will have a third catcher soon enough regardless of Soto’s prognosis.

  • Nipper

    In February you had little faith in Dusty. Now, being 6 games in front of the pack, can you give him a bit of credit. I realize that the Cards are falling fast, but Dusty keeps the attitude of his players up and the bats keep working. Or can’t credit be given to those who deserve it.

    • Scarey

      I give a lot of credit to the Reds players, they have played excellent baseball. Dusty is definitely a player’s manager, and that shouldn’t be thrown by the wayside at all. It’s just moves like the Valaika sacrifice in the first inning of the game 2 days ago that has people questioning Dusty’s managerial abilities though.

      Also, I’m pretty sure you’re referencing an article that Ace wrote in mostly tongue-in-cheek tone.

    • Ace

      Dusty has absolutely done a good job this season – he’s done some very un-Dusty-like things (in a good way), and I give him credit. As Scarey correctly points out, my rips on Dusty before the season were often intentionally hyperbolic. Still, most of the credit goes to the players, and if I had the choice of Dusty Baker or a mystery manager to take over the Cubs next year, I’m taking the mystery manager and smiling about it.

  • wax_eagle

    Cubs should give thought to just letting Soto rest or just play a couple of more games this year. They will be able to have 3 or 4 catchers on the roster for the next couple of weeks. They should use this month to let Chirinos, Clevinger and Castillo compete for the backup job next year.