Cubs catcher Geovany Soto played his final game of the 2010 season on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts against the Marlins. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Monday and will spend the next three months in recovery mode, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The procedure should have no effect on his ability to get ready for the start of the 2011 season.
Soto, 27, turned in a solid .280/.393/.497 batting line and 17 home runs in 322 at-bats this year, bouncing back nicely from a poor sophomore campaign in 2009.
As Paul Suillivan of the Chicago Tribune points out, Soto also handled a revolving door of pitchers in Chicago, catching 23 different arms throughout the season. Koyie Hill is expected to handle starting duties behind the plate for the Cubs down the stretch.
NEW YORK — With star outfielder Adam Jones nursing a tender hamstring, the Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie and optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.
Borbon was inserted in the starting lineup for Baltimore, batting ninth against hard-throwing New York Yankees rookie Chad Green.
“We had some other center field options,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Borbon is our best option at this point.”
Jones left Friday’s game in the second inning with a left hamstring strain. He departed the previous night’s game at Washington in the ninth inning with hamstring cramps and aggravated the injury hustling down the first base line on a soft grounder to third.
“I got a feeling that if he hadn’t had that first swinging bunt, it might not have been a problem,” Showalter indicated. “He’s not going to trot to first base as much as I talked to him about it before the game.”
Although Jones was unable to talk his way into Saturday’s lineup, Showalter speculated that he might be available to pinch-hit.
The 30-year old Borbon was 2 for 9 in five games with the Orioles earlier this season, but was designated for assignment on July 26. To create room for Borbon on the 40-man roster, pitcher Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment on Friday.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.