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Soriano Strains Hamstring

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Apr 17, 2007 3:22PM

2007_04_sports_soriano_hamstring.jpgFor the Cubs, every silver lining seems to have its cloud. While the offense and pitching came together and led the team to a 12-4 victory over the San Diego Padres Monday night, the victory may cost the Cubs the services of Alfonso Soriano for a while. Soriano left the game in the fifth inning after straining his hamstring, which could land the Cubs' 136-million-dollar man on the disabled list.

Soriano injured his hamstring trying to field a ball and make a throw while playing center field. He didn't think the injury was severe enough to warrant a trip to the DL, saying he thought he might be out 5-7 days. More will be known after an MRI on Tuesday.

Outfield prospect Felix Pie is off to a hot start at Iowa with a .444 batting average, but Cubs GM Jim Hendry was concerned with calling somebody up so early in the season. He might not have much of a choice; with the Cubs lineup already missing Aramis Ramirez, they're running out of healthy bodies in the Wrigley dugout.

Photo via AP Photo/Jerry Lai.