CHICAGO -- Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Phillies because of inflammation in his left knee and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Friday. His status was day to day. Welington Castillo, who was batting .150, replaced Soto in the Cubs lineup in the series finale against the Phillies and was 2-for-4, hitting a solo homer and three-run double for a career-high four RBIs. "He came up in batting practice a little sore," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday of Soto. "He started taking some swings and just got really sore so we'll get that evaluated [Friday] by the doctor. He's still available for emergency situations. He's not down and out, there's just some fluid and stuff."
Soto said he had some discomfort when he woke up Thursday. He was hitting .161 with three home runs and six RBIs this season, and has started 27 of the Cubs' 37 games. Although his batting average is low, he's shown some improvement. He hit .127 in April and was batting .211 in May.