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Quote of the Day: Soriano 'doubtful' to play again this year

Sep 11, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

Cubs manager Lou Piniella, on Alfonso Soriano’s chances of coming back from a knee injury to play again this season:

He’s going to go see his own doctor to get a second opinion on this thing. We’ll probably know something in the next few days. I would categorize it as doubtful that he’d return. Doubtful. I would think that if he has the procedure done before the end of the year it would be just to clean it out a little bit.

The “procedure” is arthroscopic knee surgery, which Soriano will eventually need whether he plays again this season or not.
He’s hit just .241/.303/.423 when healthy enough to be in the lineup, Chicago is 11.5 games back in the NL Central and 8.5 games back in the Wild Card at 71-67, and Soriano is owed $18 million for each of the next five seasons as part of an eight-year, $136 million contract signed in November of 2006.
In other words, getting him back in the lineup this season is the least of the Cubs’ worries at this point. And if you think Cubs fans have been disappointed with Soriano this season, try to imagine what things will be like come 2014, when he’ll be 38 years old and making $18 million. As a wise man once said, “Yeesh.”

  1. Omega in Colorado - Sep 11, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    I have said it before and I will say it again, it isn’t a crime to take as much money as your employer is willing to pay you.

  2. Bill@TDS - Sep 11, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Omega, obviously not, but I don’t think that’s responsive in any way to what Aaron is saying. I think the gist is that Cubs fans probably feel it should be a crime for an employer to be willing to pay a guy like Soriano $18 million a year until he’s almost forty.

  3. jeter fan in NJ - Sep 12, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    for the guy who said the comment about housewives….
    this is one housewife that not only knows the game but plays on women’s baseball team…

  4. Jordan - Sep 12, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Chicago needs another Michael Jordan, and less Sorianos. Loved his Jordan’s hall of fame speech…if you missed it, the full video is here http://bit.ly/jordanHOFSpeech

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