Chicago Cubs leftfielder Alfonso Soriano had an MRI on his left knee today after experiencing pain in the outfield on Friday. Soriano had planned to put off the exam until after the weekend, but moved up the MRI due to intensified pain after Friday’s game.
Soriano stated that the injury is partly to blame for his poor play since the beginning of August.
“I want to play but it’s very tough,” he said. “I don’t get a very good jump because I cannot put weight on my knee.”
Soriano will likely get a cortisone shot for the pain, assuming that there is no structural damage to his knee. Manager Lou Piniella has said that Soriano will likely be back in the lineup by Tuesday.
Soriano homered on Friday for the first time since July 29, giving him eight straight seasons with 20 or more. But the injury has hampered his defense tremendously, evident with a dropped fly ball in the same game.
The leftfielder, who signed an eight-year, $136 million deal before the 2007 season, is batting only .243 with 55 runs batted in this season. The 26 homers he is on pace to hit this year would be his lowest total since 2001.