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Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 4:15 pm
By Matt Snyder

After straining his quad Monday afternoon, Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the 15-day disabled list ( via Twitter). Soriano injured his left quadriceps when trying to beat out a grounder in his first at-bat against the Astros Monday in Chicago. He left the game immediately and was replaced in left field by Blake DeWitt. As a corresponding move to Soriano hitting the DL, Tyler Colvin has been recalled.

Soriano has been swinging a power bat for the Cubs this season. His 12 home runs are the second-highest total in the National League behind Cincinnati's Jay Bruce, and he's hitting .271 with an .823 OPS. Soriano is a bit of a circus act in left, but the Cubs will definitely miss the pop in his bat.

Cubs manager Mike Quade will reportedly use DeWitt as his regular left fielder, but there's no doubt that Colvin will see some looks as well. DeWitt was in the second base mix to start the season, but that job has been grabbed and held strong by rookie Darwin Barney. DeWitt is hitting .280 with a .714 OPS in 51 plate appearances. He was 3-4 Monday in taking over for Soriano.

Colvin, 25, had a good season as a rookie for the Cubs in 2010. He hit .254 with 20 home runs and an .816 OPS in less than 400 plate appearances. He scuffled in a big way early in 2011 with part-time at-bats, hitting just .113 with an abysmal .449 OPS. He was demoted to the minors a few weeks ago and hasn't really been great in Triple-A (.260 average, .783 OPS).

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:17 am

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:13 am

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:14 pm

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

Why not bring up the entire Iowa and squad. This team was done before the season started. Our starting pitching is a joke and we again did not address needs in the offseason. Make it a truly rebuilding year.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:35 pm

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

Hell yes!!! 15 days of No Sorryano. This could be the best news this Cub fan has heard all season. Not sure why Blake will be taking over in Left though???

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:18 pm

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

I really dont get how one team can deal with so many injuries. I am starting to question why the Cubs as soon as a player gets an injury they get put on the DL. Give him a day or 2 to see if it gets better he automatically does not need 15 days. Bring up every prospect and see what happens. There is nothing else we can do. Trade any player that even has a little value, which is not many on this sorry roster. Get rid of Hendry, Get rid of Quade. Start over and we will try to be back in 5 years. And as usual us as Cub fans we will keep believeing.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:21 pm

Soriano hits DL with quad injury, Colvin recalled

I'm not so sure the Cubs will miss his 'power bat' all that much.  I think all but one of his home runs came before the end of April.  He has cooled off considerably since then.  If it were not for his 19 million salary this year, he wouldn't be out there that regularly to begin with.  This season was lost before it started anyway, so I am more fond of giving the playing time to the Cubs prospects so they know better what they have as they need to start working towards a few seasons from now when they will have the payroll flexability to compete for top free agents.  Giving the young guys a chance to grow, though painful now, is how an organization can turn things around when they realize where the holes in their up and coming talent will be and can focus on filling those in free agency (or trades).  The Cubs tried to follow the model of the Yankees and Red Sox of spending on big names and now have their current situation to show for it.

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