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Friday, June 15, 2012
Cubs consider plan to use three catchers

By Doug Padilla

Soto
Geovany Soto's minor-league rehabilitation assignment is expected to be completed by Sunday.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are considering a three-catcher arrangement when Geovany Soto comes off the disabled list at some point in the next few days.

“We're going to talk about it this time,” manager Dale Sveum said. “We'll just see what happens. But we'll definitely talk about it a little more."

Soto has been out since the middle of May with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee that required an arthroscopic procedure.

The Cubs are currently going with a catching tandem of Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo. If they do stay with two catchers Castillo is the one likely to be sent down.

A three catcher system will allow the Cubs to use Clevenger in more of a utility role on the days he isn't behind the plate. He can be more of a pinch hit option since there is another catcher available in case of emergency and he can also be used at first base in possible late-inning double switches.

Soto's minor-league rehabilitation assignment is expected to be completed by Sunday and he could join the Cubs for the start of a three-game series against the White Sox beginning Monday.