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Alfonso Soriano
Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano reaches but can't make the catch on a double by Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs put left fielder Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after he strained his left quadriceps trying to beat out a groundball.

Soriano was hurt in the first inning Monday after hitting a bouncer to third base. He pulled up a few feet from first base, holding his left thigh.

Soriano leads the team with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs, and is hitting .271. He said he didn't think a DL stint was necessary, but understood the decision.

"That's the best for the team because when I come back, I want to come back strong and not even think about my leg," he said.

Outfielder Tyler Colvin was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. He was hitting .260 with a home run and eight RBIs in the minors. He was sent down May 16 to get more at-bats after hitting just .113 with two home runs in 62 at-bats with the Cubs.

"It was just a time for me to slow down," Colvin said. "I got my timing back and everything. I feel pretty good."

To avoid a repeat problem, manager Mike Quade said he's considering more options for Colvin, who usually plays right field or first base.

"I'm not beyond playing Colvin in center," he said. "Some of the kids we're counting on down the road are going to get opportunities, so we're going to see that they get some," he said.

The Cubs have added a name to the DL each of the last three days and have seven total players out with injuries.


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