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Report: Alfonso Soriano to Have Knee Examined Saturday

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IAugust 29, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 12: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs watches the flight of the ball against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 12, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Phillies defeated the Cubs 12-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Reports in Chicago are that Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano will have an MRI on his ailing knee on Saturday.

There have been whispers all season that Soriano's knee was an issue, but he has refused to deal with the issue because of other injury issues on the team. Now it appears the discomfort he's feeling is significant enough that he's going to have the knee examined.

Cubs' Manager Lou Piniella had indicated that some of the problems Soriano has had in left field this year defensively have been a result of the knee issues. Unfortunately for Soriano, unless his knee has been hurt for the last seven years, the injury isn't likely the cause of his mediocre play in the field.

If Soriano needs to have any additional work done on the knee, it could open up the opporunity for young Jake Fox to play every day for the Cubs, something many fans have been begging Piniella to accomodate.

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