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.

Alex Bregman shaved his mustache off in the middle of Sunday’s game

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven.

Bregman made a throwing error in the seventh and finished 0-for-4 with the walk on the afternoon. The Astros won 11-3.

Bregman isn’t the only player to make headlines for his facial hair recently. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently shaved his signature beard. The Yankees approve of what both players have done.