Alfonso Soriano not in lineup

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was held out of Thursday's lineup after he was hit on the right arm by relief pitcher Scott Linebrink in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Braves.

Soriano stayed in the game and ran the bases before being replaced on defense in the ninth inning.

"A little sore, a little swollen, not bad," manager Mike Quade said of Soriano's right forearm. "Get him ready for Milwaukee, got a pretty good replacement for him (in Reed Johnson), only hitting .350."

Johnson, who was in the lineup playing left field in Soriano's stead, has posted a .347 BA/.382 OBP/.542 SLG in 190 at-bats on the season. He was 1-for-3 on Thursday as the Cubs lost to the Braves 8-3.

Soriano's arm was wrapped with ice in the clubhouse and he claimed it was feeling better. Quade added that Soriano, who is third on the team with 20 home runs, would be available off the bench.

Sahadev Sharma is a regular contributor to ESPNChicago.com.