Report: Lily and Soriano Are The Latest to Be Bitten By The Injury Bug

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 18, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 29:  Ted Lilly #30 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 29, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The injury bug is still going around in the club house on day two after the break. Left fielder, Alfonso Soriano and All-Star pitcher, Ted Lilly are the latest to be bitten.

Soriano was scratched from game two versus the Nationals because of some swelling in a finger on his right hand. Soriano dislocated the finger after sliding into first base on Thursday night in the fourth inning. Soriano said of his injury, "The problem now is the swelling is too big and I cannot [grip the bat]."

Soriano says he isn't worried about the pain. He just wants the swelling to go away so he can swing a bat.

The outfielder was never a disabled list player until he was signed by the Chicago Cubs.

Manager, Lou Pinella, thinks Soriano will be ready to play in a few days. He doesn't think the swelling in his finger will go down in one day.

Lilly was the scheduled starter on Saturday but he has been scratched due to some inflammation in his left knee. Rookie stud, Randy Wells, has been chosen to take his place in Saturday's game three of the four game series versus Washington. Kevin Hart, who was sent back down to Iowa after his start on July 8 to keep him on schedule, will start game four on Sunday.

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Lilly will now tenatively open up the series versus Philadelphia on Monday.

Apparently the knee has been an issue for a few days now. "When he came back here [Thursday], his knee was bothering him, and the last couple starts he's had, it's bothered him somewhat," Pinella said of his All-Star lefty. "We'll see."

Hopefully they both make a quick return to the lineup.

Jake Karmel

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