Geovany Soto joined the Angels last offseason and found his way into a timeshare behind the plate. The veteran managed to perform better than expected, but staying on the field proved a challenge. Recurring knee issues ultimately ended his season in mid-August. At 34 years old, Soto's window as a major leaguer is closing although his hitting numbers show he still has something in the tank, especially against left-handed pitching (.952 OPS). Soto signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in January but it's reasonable to think he could land not only a roster spot but the starting job as well, given the team's lack of viable alternatives. Everything will depend on health.
Soto (knee) agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox on Thursday, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports. The soon-to-be 34-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus right meniscus last May, and while he was able to return, Soto battled inflammation in the knee down the stretch. If he's healthy for spring training, Soto should make a strong push for a roster spot (and perhaps the primary role), competing with the likes of Omar Narvaez, Kevan Smith and Alfredo Gonzalez. Soto has shown he still has some thump in his bat, smacking 13 homers in 265 at-bats over the past two seasons.
Soto (knee) went through a full defensive workout and also ran the bases and took swings Monday, MLB.com reports. Although Soto is without a set timetable for a return, the Angels remain hopeful he will be able to play again this season. Soto's knee seems to be holding up well as he ramps up his activity, as there were no reported issues in the days that followed Monday's extensive workout (which included catching a full bullpen session and blocking drills). Manager Mike Scioscia said Soto is "really looking good in batting practice."
The Cubs placed Soto on the DL Wednesday due to an inflamed right knee, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. The knee causing Soto problems is the same one he had surgically repaired earlier in the year. Carlos Perez has been subsequently called up Triple-A Salt Lake.
Soto (thumb) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Seattle. The veteran catcher is dealing with a thumb injury and his prognosis is looking ominous at this point given that the Angels called up fellow backstop Carlos Perez earlier Wednesday and plugged him into the lineup. With that, Soto is likely destined for a stint on the disabled list to rest his thumb injury.
Soto has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The team has yet to provide a reason for Soto's scratch but he has been battling a bruised thumb for several days after being hit by a backswing. Jett Bandy will be thrust into duty after originally being slated for a night off.