Soriano an early arrival
Soriano an early arrival
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Posted Feb 18, 2007

OF Alfonso Soriano showed up to camp five days before position players were scheduled to report.

Soriano, who moved from second base to left field with Washington last year, said he would move to center field if that's what manager Lou Piniella wants.

  • RHP Kerry Wood didn't pitch for the first couple of days of training camp because he injured his right side slipping in his hot tub at home. Wood said the injury is not serious, and he should start throwing on Feb. 19 or 20. Wood has been moved to the bullpen this year because he had problems after right shoulder surgery in 2005 lingered into the 2006 campaign.

  • INF Ryan Theriot came to camp early to work out in the outfield. He is slated as a backup second baseman and shortstop but figures if he can show new manager Lou Piniella and the new coaching staff he can also play the outfield, it would help his chances of making the club.

  • RHP Jae Kuk Ryu was traded to Tampa Bay for minor league OF Andrew Lopez and minor league RHP Gregory Reinhard. Ryu, who made 10 big-league appearances last season, including one start, was one of several pitchers hoping to land the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

  • RHP Jeff Samardzija, a former Notre Dame wide receiver who gave up football to sign a five-year deal with the Cubs, was officially added to the 40-man roster after the Cubs traded RHP Jae Kuk Ryu. While Samardzija will gain several weeks of experience with the major-leaguers in February and March, he likely will open the season in Class A Daytona.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 70 -- Size, in feet, of a sign with Alfonso Soriano on it that the Cubs erected in Chicago.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of pitchers don't sleep well at night knowing they will face (Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez). Now you have (Alfonso) Soriano. Now teams will start to lose even more sleep because of him." -- C Michael Barrett.

    The preceding story was authored by a third-party outlet and obtained by through contractual agreement.

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