Four Months Too Late, Soriano Will Be Scoped: Cubs vs. Mets Preview, Saturday 9/5, 12:10 CT

Finally -- more than four months after it happened -- the Cubs and Alfonso Soriano are admitting that something's wrong with his knee:

Alfonso Soriano said he will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee later this month after manager Lou Piniella shut him down Friday.

"Lou said it's not good to play on one leg," said Soriano, who had cortisone shot in the knee Sunday. "I was 80 percent, but now I'm down to 50 or 60 percent. I play with my knee on my mind, and I'm scared to get hurt. If we're out [of it], it's better to do the surgery before we go to the Dominican [for the off-season]."

The cleanup surgery would sideline Soriano for two weeks, so depending on when he undergoes the procedure, he could miss the rest of the season.

Two weeks. One stint on the DL; that could have been done in mid-May. That's when the knee injury, suffered sometime in April when Soriano ran into a wall at Wrigley chasing a fly ball, started to bother him and he stopped hitting. All of us watching him play could tell he wasn't running at full strength either on the bases or in the field, and it finally -- way too late -- became painfully obvious on Thursday when he couldn't plant his leg and dropped A.J. Pierzynski's fly ball at Wrigley, helping to blow that game open.

As Lou said in the article linked above, it's great that Soriano wants to get out there and help the team win. But if he's hurt, FIX IT! This could have been done four months ago and he'd have been out there at full strength by June.

The article also notes that Derrek Lee should return for today's game, after missing two games for the birth of his second child, a boy. Congratulations to the Lee family.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Harden
Rich Harden
Cubs
vs.
Nelson Figueroa
Mets
8-8 W-L 2-3
4.19 ERA 4.50
152 SO 27
58 BB 10
22 HR 4
vs. NY -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Rich Harden 8-8 24 23 0 0 0 0 129.0 108 66 60 22 58 152 4.19 1.29


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nelson Figueroa 2-3 10 4 0 0 0 0 32.0 43 17 16 4 10 27 4.50 1.66

Go figure on Nelson Figueroa. The Cubs made him look like an All-Star last Sunday at Wrigley Field, but in general he should be eminently hittable. Aramis Ramirez is 5-for-12 with a HR lifetime off Figueroa.

Similarly, who can figure out Rich Harden? He had been outstanding since the All-Star break -- until he walked about every Astro in sight last Monday at Wrigley Field. He has no W-L record in two career appearances (one start) vs. the Mets; current Mets are hitting .180 (11-for-61) against Rich.

Today's game is cable-only in Chicago (CSN), but on broadcast TV (WPIX) in New York. For other games today see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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