...and allow Hendry and Piniella to have a clearer picture of what needs to be done to improve the club.
There has been a long debate on whether Soriano should leadoff or not, and this injury is going to solve this issue for the remainder of 08, and possibly for future years. Although I disagree with those who say just keep putting Pie in CF and let him work it out, I do feel strongly you need to put Soriano in the 5 hole and let him work it out. For a player, who has 583 AB's in the 5-hole (a full seasons worth), he has hit: .268, slugging of .513, has 34 HR's and 107 RBI's. To me, that ain't bad for someone who can't hit anywhere but leadoff, and 107 RBI's would appear to help the team more than his 70 in the leadoff spot. It's time for Soriano to get comfortable with the middle of the order, and put his power to good use.
The other key factor is what Hendry decides to do with the gapping hole at leadoff. He tried to address it during the offseason, and now this injury is going to make his decision much clearer. They will play around with Johnson, Theriot and possibly Fukudome (I doubt it) at leadoff, but at the end of the day, the chances of Hendry making a move here just shot through the roof.