Soriano to be Activated Tonight?

As you've certainly heard by now, Alfonso Soriano headed out to a minor league rehab stint with the rookies in the Arizona League. He lasted all of three at-bats against the AZL Padres in beautiful Peoria, Arizona going 0-2 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. Speculation arose on why he'd leave the game early and Will Carroll hinted that he might be activated for tonight's game.

Shae (Chicago): Will, there are rumors that Soriano might leave the rehab. game early and could even play tonight, what's the latest?

Will Carroll: That's what I'm hearing. I have someone at Sky Harbor watching ...

I'm not sure what that someone is watching at Sky Harbor since it's a 35 minute drive from Peoria, AZ to Phoenix, AZ, but don't be surprised if he's in the lineup tonight and (I would assume) Micah Hoffpauir gets sent down.

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Well, there's only so much room on the active roster but that would be disappointing. Iowa Manager, Pat Listach said he thought Hoffpauir might stick with the Cubs this time.

Lemme find the link.

Micah's third trip: Iowa Cubs manager Pat Listach is hoping the third time is the charm for Micah Hoffpauir with Chicago

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art...

Umm.. I don't think he'll be driving to the exact intersection where mapquest says Phoenix is... Anyone know where the D-backs' ballpark actually is in the Phoenix area?

holy balls, just pointing out the distance from Peoria to Phoenix...it's not that big a city.

but just for you, I updated the link with the exact addresses and the extra 7 minutes.

 

It's just a 14 mile straight shot down W. Grand Avenue from Peoria to the Diamondbacks' stadium on E. Jefferson.

Thanks, Rob G!
...and for what it's worth, it actually looks like Chase field is pretty much exactly where mapquest says Phoenix is... It just turns out the the Peoria ballpark is in a different place... Yes, I AM bored at work...
...and what the hell is Will Carroll talking about when he says he has someone at Sky Harbor looking for him??? Maybe he thinks Soriano was playing in Peoria, IL??

by Rotoworld
http://www.rotoworld.com/content/features/column.a...

Vitters #44, Ceda #85, Veal #96, Colvin #141

CWTP/Navigator will be to hear...
that our Peoria is 21-5 (or something like that) over our last 26 games. They're 21-10 in the 2nd half(first place).

The AZL Cubs are 14-9 (2nd place), Boise is 20-13(2nd place), Daytona is 16-11 (in the 2nd half and in first place) and Tennessee is 18-12 (same as Daytona).

See our minors are awesome now...

That's Peoria, IL if Will Carroll is reading.

And you're right, they're 21-5 over their last 26 games.

soriano just wanted to beat the traffic and
have time to stop at one of the areas many
strip clubs to give his hand a workout
giving one dollar tips.

i say there is noway he is acivated and starts
today vs. randy johnson

Why not? It's 2008 Randy Johnson not 2001 Randy Johnson.

It's 14 miles to Chase Field, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.

Levine was asked about this earlier today on ESPN 1k and he said that Soriano would not be playing tonight or tomorrow in a MLB game. BTW, The Brewers-Cardinals game is on ESPN at 6 CT for those without MLB.tv or EI.

I wonder what's the optimal Cubs outcome for this series. Cards are closer, but the Brewers seem the bigger threat on paper.

Maybe if the Cards take 2 of 3? Bonus if the Cubs sweep the Dbacks *fingers crossed*.

Brewers/Cards is a 4-game series...root for a split.

It's a four game series, and here's hoping the Cards sweep (they won't) while we take all three (we should) from Arizona.

Like you, nohit, I'm more worried about the Brewers momentum. It could use a good derailing. And we finish the season in their house.

Thanks guys. I actually did check that before posting, but Yahoo is misleading: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/preview?gid=280721124 (see their Series at a Glance inset). Of course, now I see they state "four" in the first sentence of the article itself. :-/

Glad to hear it's a four game series. Let them beat up on each other and both lose momentum.

update on mlb.com
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080721&c...

nothing on why he was lifted early, didn't play in the field.

Claims he's still likely play 2 games with Iowa, which just happens to be in Tucson right now.

wow...i did not know he was 82. i thought he was in his 60s (seriously).

got a few of his books and co-authored books. 'baseball, chicago style' jumps to mind as one of his better ones.

Brewers

2b Weeks
SS Hardy
LF Braun
1b Son of Cecil
RF Hart
CF Cameron
C Kendall
P McClung (who platoon starts with Dave Bush now, McClung on the road, Bush at home)

Cards

RF Shoemaker
2b Miles
1b Pujols
CF Ankiel (an overated defensive CF, he flops more than a pro wrestler on some balls)
3b Glaus
LF Son of Dave
C Brother of Bengie and Jose (who by the way is NYY starting C now)
P Pinero
SS Nutpopper

if he is activated tonight (i dont think he will be) i would assume wood to the dl, not micah down...

maybe, but chifan noted above that they didn't want to put Wood on the DL yet since the bullpen is rested. Not to mention Eyre needs to come off the disabled list soon for someone.

I saw Holtzman at a press thing at the Cubs Convention, and he looked a little frail. I just assumed it was age-related. I wanted to introduce myself but didn't. RIP, Jerome.

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  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 36 min 40 sec ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 43 min 17 sec ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 44 min 32 sec ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 46 min 42 sec ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 48 min 56 sec ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 57 min 13 sec ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 58 min 48 sec ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Given today's lineup -- maybe they just wanted an extra OF to give Dexter a few days off (i.e. day game after a night game).

    billybucks 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 3 hours 7 min ago view