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Cubs' Soto to have season-ending surgery

Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:53 pm
 
Geovany Soto Cubs catcher Geovany Soto will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Monday, ending his 2010 season.

The former Rookie of the Year has had a solid bounce-back season, hitting .280/.393/.497 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI.

Soto spent time on the disabled list in August with shoulder pain, but returned and played through the pain. The surgery will "clean up" his acromioclavicular joint and he should be ready for the start of spring training.

"Two bones in the AC joint were smashed together, it was like bone-on-bone grinding," Soto told the Chicago Tribune . "I can rehab it all I want, but it's just bone-on-bone, and it's going to be there and it's prone to be there later on."

Koyie Hill will serve as the Cubs' primary catcher for the rest of the season, backed up by Wellington Castillo.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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