Soriano to handle DH duties in Interleague Play
SEATTLE -- Alfonso Soriano was the designated hitter for Friday's Interleague game in Seattle and will likely handle that role in the Cubs' six-game West Coast swing against the Mariners and Athletics.
Soriano's first game at DH was a success, as the veteran slugger went 2-for-4 with a home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the Cubs' 5-4 loss on Friday.
Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic will be getting the action in the outfield for the Cubs with Soriano serving as the DH. The Cubs will have to figure out how to get everyone at-bats when David DeJesus returns from a sprained right shoulder. DeJesus was in Chicago, continuing his rehab.
"A couple of them might be part of our future, left-handed hitters who are better athletes, two-way players," manager Dale Sveum said of Sweeney and Bogusevic. "We'll work it out to figure out the playing time."
Sveum will talk to Soriano about playing time if there's a significant change for the 37-year-old outfielder.
"You're not going to just do something like that to a guy who's had that kind of career," Sveum said. "I'll have to figure out how to get these guys their at-bats with matchups, or whoever's the hottest. A lot of times those things work themselves out."