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Soriano out for a while

Here's the scoop from Rotoworld:

An MRI revealed a small tear in the right quadriceps of Alfonso Soriano, increasing his estimated time on the sidelines to as much as six weeks.

"The latest from the MRI was that there is a small tear in the quad," manager Lou Piniella said before Monday night's game against Houston. "It's about one centimeter. We think he'll be out four-to-six weeks. We think it will be around Labor Day. We were expecting this. It could have been worse." Well, it is worse than what we were originally told -- that Soriano would only miss two-to-four weeks. This is a mjor blow to a Cubs team that's been baseball's best since early June.

If you haven't heard, Eric Patterson, not Felix Pie, was called up to replace him.  Patterson is a solid prospect, too, and had been seeing some time in the outfield, though he came up through the system as a second baseman.  

That's actually encouraging to me.  Pie has a higher ceiling than Patterson: while he was a flop in his first audition, Pie could come back up and go crazy on the NL for a month.  Patterson will probably be relegated to bench duties with Matt Murton, Mark DeRosa, and Mike Fontenot moving around to cover for Soriano's absence.

Now, I guess it's a race: who'll return sooner, Soriano or Sheets?