Geovany Soto set to undergo shoulder surgery Monday

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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.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.