According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there is speculation that Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano could return to the leadoff spot this season. For that to happen, shortstop Ryan Theriot and right fielder Kosuke Fukudome would have to falter in that role this spring.
Manager Lou Piniella told the newspaper that the plan still is for Soriano to hit lower in the order in an RBI spot. After 2 1/2 seasons at leadoff, Soriano moved to sixth last July, partially because of a slump and partially because of injuries. Soriano admitted earlier this week that his surgically repaired left knee still is giving him problems.