Alfonso Soriano is expected to continue batting at the DH slot for the last five games of the Cubs’ road swing and he doesn’t mind it one bit.

Soriano, who came into Friday’s game hitting just .195 in June, finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-4 loss at Seattle. The 37-year-old had the past two days off.

“Those two days helped refresh my mind and legs,” Soriano said. “It helped me do my job at the plate.”


Soriano said he took 10-to-15 practice swings in the cage before each at-bat on Friday, which is one luxury of not having to play in the field.

“It’s good having the batting cage so close to the dugout,” he said. “It works.”

Soriano could see less playing time as the season progresses, depending on what Cubs skipper Dale Sveum decides to do with a potential logjam in the outfield. With David DeJesus back after All-Star break, Sveum will need to figure out how to get at-bats for outfielders DeJesus, Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic.