Soto says he's close to returning from injury

Soto says he's close to returning from injury

CHICAGO -- Geovany Soto was in good spirits in the Cubs' clubhouse on Monday as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

The Cubs catcher underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee on May 18 and said he's close to returning.

"Time-table wise, I don't want to say, but I'm really close," Soto said. "It's going to be like a two- or three-week injury instead of a two-month thing."

Soto said he couldn't pinpoint when the injury took place, but said he felt it during the May 16 game against the Phillies when he dropped down to block balls. He was scratched from the lineup the following day and had surgery the next.

Soto was off to a slow start, hitting only .161, but said the injury didn't affect his performance.

At the time of his injury, Soto joined backup catcher Steve Clevenger (rib cage) on the disabled list. Last week, Welington Castillo was the latest catcher to get sidelined after he sprained the MCL in his right knee.

"Yeah, when it rains it pours sometimes," Soto said. "It's a tough position. It's part of our jobs, but it's a tough job to do."