Cubs C Geovany Soto scratched with sore left knee

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been scratched from the lineup

against the Philadelphia Phillies because of left knee


Soto was set to bat seventh Thursday night but instead was

replaced by backup Welington Castillo. The Cubs said Soto is day to


Soto is off to a slow start, batting .161 with three homers and

six RBIs. The 29-year-old catcher hit .228 with 17 homers and 54

RBIs for Chicago last season.

Castillo began the season with Triple-A Iowa and was recalled

after Steve Clevenger was placed on the 15-day disabled list

because of a right oblique injury.