Cardenas starts for sore Soriano

Cardenas starts for sore Soriano

CHICAGO -- Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was given Wednesday off to nurse a tender left knee and rookie Adrian Cardenas started in left field in the series finale against the Braves.

"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.