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Soriano sidelined by finger fracture

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Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger when he took a fly ball off the bare hand in drills this morning, and the team said he'll be ``limited'' for the next three to five days.

The fracture is at the tip of the finger, and it's expected by the end of the week he'll be allowed to play to the level he can tolerate the pain or discomfort. He'll be allowed to do little more than cardio work until then.

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I really hope he's out long enough that Theriot can convince Lou he's currently our best option at leadoff. We scored twelve in the first spring training game, with Theriot having three hits and three runs, and this is because he's a team player willing to do anything he can to contribute to the overall effort. Soriano's a selfish player with a selfish approach, and he'll hamstring us all season if Lou let's him bat first. He will unless we get Roberts, so that trade is an absolute necessity. Without it, we'll have our real leadoff hitter, Theriot, coming to bat in a one-out hole about two thirds of the time.

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