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Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Geovany Soto AP

If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks.

Manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that Soto will likely be placed on the disabled list after the game, leaving 25-year-old rookie Welington Castillo as the Cubs’ primary catcher.

Castillo had a very modest minor-league track record prior to reaching Triple-A, where he hit .274 with 30 homers and an .852 OPS in 147 total games. His lack of plate discipline could be a problem in the majors, but it won’t be very tough to replace Soto’s production.

Soto still has 20-homer power, but no longer looks anything like the all-around impact player who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and has hit just .216 with a .690 OPS in 153 games since the beginning of last season.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - May 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Over the last 104 seasons, the Cubs have varied between “flat-out terrible” and “tragi-comic terrible,” and this year seems to fall into the latter category. Mercy.

    • bionicbippy - May 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      In one way it is too BAD SOTO isn’t the one who retired today. He really sux every other year, sometimes yearly!!!!!

  2. randygnyc - May 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Garza for Cervelli.

  3. bionicbippy - May 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    SOTO SUX>>>>>

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