Patented Soriano hot streak could be coming on
BY GORDON WITTENMYER and daryl van schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com May 28, 2013 10:16PM
Cubs Welington Castillo celebrates his 2-run home-run during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill., on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 30, 2013 6:44AM
The signs seem to be there, but Alfonso Soriano isn’t willing to say just yet that he’s starting one of his patented hot streaks.
But an RBI single Saturday, game-changing homer Sunday and three-hit game Monday — with two more RBI — suggest the Cubs’ cleanup hitter could be warming with the weather again.
“I hope so, man, because I’ve been waiting to get hot,” he said. “I feel so good at the plate, my bat is feeling good, my leg, my mind — everything in my body is feeling great, so I’m very surprised that I don’t have better numbers.”
He’s hitting .278 with only five homers and 20 RBI.
“But that’s how the game goes sometimes,” he said. “Sometimes you’re feeling good, and it doesn’t matter. But it’s never too late, and I hope I’m getting hot and can help this team win.”
Hockey fanatic Paul Konerko, who grew up playing the game in Rhode Island, has tickets to see the Wings-Blackhawks playoff game Wednesday night.
Konerko, who said he could name every Stanley Cup winner and the captain who hoisted the trophy as far back as he can remember, has never attended an NHL Game 7, so this “really is kind of a dream for me,’’ he said.
The Sox’ captain isn’t close with any Hawks but has met a lot of them.
“All good guys, as most hockey guys are,’’ he said. “Hopefully they can pull it off.’’
Orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum, who died over the weekend at 66 after being diagnosed with liver cancer, did not operate on Jake Peavy but was respected greatly by the Sox pitcher and most of the baseball world.
“A great man, a very gentle man in the way he talked,” Peavy said. “I think that’s what I will remember about him. He was very straightforward but very gentle in the way he went about talking to you because he understood the situation. He was very personal, I think, with each individual, no matter how big the name was or small the name was, how minute the injury was or how major the injury was.’’
Peavy consulted Yocum, a Chicago native who earned degrees from Western Illinois and Illinois and did his residency at Northwestern, for his lat and ankle injuries.
“He never put himself on a pedestal as certainly he could have with the name and the clout he had,” Peavy said.
Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, the $9.5 million free agent who’s on the DL for the second time this season, had an MRI Tuesday, but results are not expected to be available until Wednesday, the team said.
◆ The Cubs are optimistic that last year’s top draft pick, outfielder Albert Almora, did not injure his hamstring seriously Monday and will have to miss only a few games this week.