Published May 18, 2012
| Sports Network
Chicago, IL – Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is expected to miss three weeks of action after an MRI exam revealed a tear in the meniscus in his left knee.
Soto was held out of Thursday's game against the Phillies because of inflammation in his knee and underwent tests on Friday. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery.
With backup catcher Steve Clevenger on the disabled list because of a rib cage injury, Welington Castillo will take over behind the plate.
In 28 games this season, Soto is hitting .161 with three homers and six RBI.
The Cubs also selected the contract of catcher Blake Lalli from Triple-A Iowa and optioned struggling right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad to Iowa.
Volstad was a big offseason acquisition for the Cubs after coming over from the Miami Marlins in. The 25-year-old sports an 0-6 record with a 7.46 earned run average in eight starts for the Cubs.
Lalli will be making his big league debut and provides some depth at catcher with the injury to Soto.