Alfonso Soriano not concerned about the future
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 2, 2013 10:40PM
Chicago Cubs' Chris Rusin adjusts his cap after giving up home run to Oakland Athletics' Chris Young in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Updated: August 4, 2013 6:39AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Now that the Cubs have started the sell-off — and even managed to find a little return value for Carlos Marmol — Alfonso Soriano said he’s trying not to think about what the club’s plans with him might be for the trading season.
He just doesn’t want to get caught off-guard.
“I hope if they’re going to do something, they let me know first,” said Soriano, whose three-run home run on Tuesday gives him eight hits, three homers and eight RBI in his last four games.
But the homer wasn’t enough as James Russell gave up a three-run homer in the eighth to Derek Norris and the Cubs lost 8-7.
Soriano has $27 million left on a contract that runs through next season and full no-trade rights, which means he could be a trade possibility well beyond the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
“I saw what happened,” he said of the flurry of trades Tuesday, “but I don’t pay attention anymore [to personal possibilities]. I got a lot of things to do [instead of] spend time on things I don’t control.’’
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said swingman Carlos Villanueva will be stretched out to rejoin the rotation in the spot vacated by Scott Feldman, probably until around the All-Star break.
Villanueva opened the season in the rotation and went 1-3 with a 3.93 ERA in eight starts before moving to the bullpen when Matt Garza returned from the disabled list.
Meanwhile, left-hander Chris Rusin was recalled from Class AAA Iowa to fill Feldman’s slot Tuesday and could get one or two more starts until Villanueva is ready.
Rusin worked 31/3 innings on short rest, giving up a two-run homer to former Cubs farmhand Josh Donaldson in the first inning and a leadoff shot to Chris Young in the second.
The Cubs need to clear two spots from the beleaguered bullpen Wednesday when newly acquired right-handers Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop are due to report to the team.
Struggling right-hander Shawn Camp, a workhorse last season who was troubled earlier this season by a sprained big toe , might be on the bubble.
He had one of his worst outings of the year Sunday in Seattle and has allowed four runs in 61/3 innings since his return from the DL, with only one strikeout, three walks and three home runs allowed.
He has given up seven home runs in just 23 innings this season.
Outfielder Dave Sappelt also was recalled from Iowa, replacing injured outfielder Ryan Sweeney (ribs), who went on the 60-day DL to create a 40-man roster spot needed after the trades.