Soto expects to make debut this weekend

March, 6, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto said he will play in his first Cactus League game on Saturday or Sunday.

Soto has been sidelined with a groin strain since Feb. 18, the first day pitchers and catchers reported.

• Cubs manager Dale Sveum said catcher Jason Jaramillo is having leg problems that do not allow him to catch in spring games yet.

• Four players moved on into the final eight of the Cubs' bunting tournament. Sveum was eliminated in his match with pitcher Paul Maholm. Others advancing include Randy Wells, David DeJesus and Starlin Castro.

• Cubs president Theo Epstein hosted a gathering at his Arizona residence for the front office staff on Monday evening.

• Pitcher Jeff Samardzija makes his Cactus League starting debut on Wednesday in Surprise against the Kansas City Royals.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .285
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 59
RA. Rizzo 71
OPSA. Rizzo .907
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOT. Wood 108