Former Cub Soto set to make Wrigley return

Former Cub Soto set to make Wrigley return

SEATTLE -- The Rangers are bound for Chicago after Sunday's series finale in Seattle and catcher Geovany Soto is going back to his old home park. Soto will be making his first appearance at Wrigley Field since the Cubs traded him to the Rangers on July 30.

The Rangers open a three-game Interleague series against the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

"It will be fun," Soto said. "I have a lot of great memories in Chicago."

There is still no guarantee that Soto will play in any of the three games. He started for the Rangers on Sunday against the Mariners, but it was just his third start in 13 games. A.J. Pierzynski is not only the Rangers' everyday catcher, but one of their hottest hitters at the moment. Manager Ron Washington is reluctant to take him out of the lineup.

Soto, who was once the Cubs' everyday catcher, has come to accept his backup role with the Rangers.

"It doesn't matter to me. ... I'm still playing today," Soto said before Sunday's game. "It is what it is. I feel good about myself. I have no regrets. We have a great team here and we're winning ballgames. That's all that matters."

Soto was an 11th-round Draft pick by the Cubs in 2001 out of Puerto Rico and was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2008 when he hit .285 with 23 home runs and 86 RBIs. But a series of injuries reduced his effectiveness and the Cubs traded him to the Rangers last season.

"My time in Chicago was still wonderful," Soto said. "A lot of great memories and the fans were awesome. It's part of the game to be traded, but I can definitely say my experience in Chicago was really neat."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.