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Soto to miss 'probably a month or so' with oblique injury

Initially expected to miss just a few games with what was termed a "mild" oblique strain, Geovany Soto is headed to the disabled list and Lou Piniella said this afternoon that "he's going to be out probably a month or so."

Soto followed up his Rookie of the Year-winning debut by getting off to a brutal start this season, but has been hot recently while hitting .261/.337/.591 with seven homers and 14 total extra-base hits in his last 100 plate appearances.

Now the Cubs will turn to Koyie Hill as their primary catcher, which is bad news given that he's hit just .203/.277/.301 in 124 games as a big leaguer after posting an underwhelming .281/.339/.439 line in 406 games at Triple-A.

Jake Fox could see some time behind the plate if the Cubs get creative by sacrificing defense for offense, but it's more likely that Hill will receive the bulk of the starts while a minor-league veteran like Mark Johnson or Chris Robinson back him up. Either way, it's another significant blow to a Cubs team that can't afford many more setbacks at this point.