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Soriano happy to play the DH role

SEATTLE -- Alfonso Soriano is expected to continue batting at the DH slot for the last five games of the Cubs’ road swing and he doesn’t mind it one bit.

Soriano, who came into Friday’s game hitting just .195 in June, finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-4 loss at Seattle. The 37-year-old had the past two days off.

“Those two days helped refresh my mind and legs,” Soriano said. “It helped me do my job at the plate.”

Soriano said he took 10-to-15 practice swings in the cage before each at-bat on Friday, which is one luxury of not having to play in the field.

“It’s good having the batting cage so close to the dugout,” he said. “It works.”

Soriano could see less playing time as the season progresses, depending on what Cubs skipper Dale Sveum decides to do with a potential logjam in the outfield. With David DeJesus back after All-Star break, Sveum will need to figure out how to get at-bats for outfielders DeJesus, Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic.

Sveum was asked if Soriano could be forced into a platoon role, especially with his recent struggles.

“I wouldn’t call it a platoon,” Sveum said. “But I would need to figure out a way to get the guys their at-bats and matchups, or go with whoever is the hottest. A lot of times those things work themselves out.”

Soriano said he wouldn’t mind taking an occasional day off.

“I like to play, but sometimes at my age it’s good to rest,” he said. “I know that the manager will do whatever is best for the team.”