Alfonso Soriano's timetable, the designated hitter, Kosuke Fukudome, possible trades, Rich Hill and the Minor League report are topics in this week's mailbag. In order to be more timely and handle the overload of questions, the Cubs' mailbag now will run every Monday, instead of every other week. Keep those e-mails coming.
Do you think Alfonso Soriano will be back before the All-Star break, because that's what people are saying. Or do you think he'll be out the whole six weeks?
-- Beth G., St. Louis, Mo.
It may not take the full six weeks, but it's unlikely Soriano will be ready for this week's homestand -- the Cubs' last games before the break. Soriano took batting practice Saturday in St. Louis for the first time since he suffered a broken bone in his left hand June 11, and said his hand felt weak. The good news is that he's taking advantage of this time off to strengthen his legs, and is in great shape. He might be back for the first series after the break at Houston, July 18-20. Soriano was elected to the starting lineup for the National League All-Star team, and said Sunday he was thinking about attending the festivities, but will not play.
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