Vizcaino meets Cubs staff, plans for spring return

Vizcaino meets Cubs staff, plans for spring return

SAN DIEGO -- Alfonso Soriano remembers facing Arodys Vizcaino last year when the right-hander pitched for the Braves. Soriano didn't do too well.

"He struck me out," Soriano said of Vizcaino, then a member of Atlanta's bullpen, who struck out the Cubs outfielder twice in three at-bats. "He has good stuff. I didn't know him, and the report said [he .threw] a lot of fastballs, and he got me out with the breaking ball. He surprised me."

Now, Vizcaino and Soriano are teammates. The pitcher was acquired from the Braves July 30 in the trade which sent Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta. On Tuesday, Vizcaino was at Petco Park to work out for pitching coach Chris Bosio and meet the staff. He won't make his Cubs debut this season, having undergone Tommy John surgery in March.

Vizcaino will continue his rehab in Mesa, Ariz., at the Cubs complex.

"I'm going to be ready next year in Spring Training," Vizcaino said.

He's able to throw every other day, and threw on flat ground Tuesday.

"I'm happy he's on my side," Soriano said. "The pitcher he is, he'll help the team. I hope he comes back next year stronger."