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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Cubs' 3-catcher plan not good for Cardenas

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Adrian Cardenas' days on the big league roster could be coming to an end as the Chicago Cubs get set to go with three catchers starting as early as Monday.

Geovany Soto finished up a minor league rehabilitation assignment Sunday and although manager Dale Sveum wouldn’t confirm it, the belief is that he will join fellow catchers Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo on the roster.

That would free up Clevenger to be used as a pinch hitter and as a first baseman for double switches on the days he isn’t in the starting lineup.

Since he was called up to the major leagues on May 7, Cardenas has received limited chances. He has played in just 23 games and started five of them. He is just 5-for-33 (.152) at the plate, but all five of those hits are doubles.

The Cubs are expected to activate Soto on Monday before the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.