"It's been gradually getting tender and sore," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Soriano's knee. "He actually said he felt pretty good [Tuesday]."
Soriano provided the only offense for the Cubs Tuesday, hitting an RBI double in the sixth. That snapped an 0-for-10 skid. Soriano hasn't let it affect him in the outfield. He made a nice catch of Chipper Jones' fly ball to end the fourth Tuesday.
"He's played great defense," Sveum said. "He's obviously lost his legs a little bit, but everything he's supposed to catch and even some of the web gems he's had lately, he's done a great job. Obviously, we could use some more home runs but he's done a good job. He's worked his [backside] off and done a really good job in the outfield."
Cardenas, called up Monday from Triple-A Iowa, made his first Major League start on Tuesday at second and will primarily play in the infield. He played left field at Triple-A Sacramento last year.