Soto feels good after shoulder cleanup

Soto feels good after shoulder cleanup

CHICAGO -- Cubs catcher Geovany Soto started his rehab Wednesday, just two days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to address pain in the AC joint. Soto said everything went well and he's glad he had the procedure done now.

"They didn't go in and repair anything and said every ligament and muscle looks great, and I'm really happy for that," Soto said.

The Cubs medical staff was pleased with the Cubs catcher's progress.

"They were really surprised today," Soto said, smiling. "I could move it all around -- it was pretty good today."

He bounced back from a down season in '09 to hit .280 this year with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 53 RBIs. Soto was expected to begin baseball activities by Jan. 1.

"No doubt I'll be 100 percent by Spring Training and way before that, too," Soto said. "Our goal is to get it 100 percent as early as possible. I'm going to try to get ready as soon as possible so it's not a big deal."

The pain in his shoulder flared up during the Cubs' Aug. 2-4 series against Milwaukee. The Cubs medical staff said the problem could have been caused by an earlier hit on his shoulder when he was younger. The shoulder didn't bother him when he was throwing but when he was hitting.