He's wandered the earth an exiled man
So Soriano took the field about 20 minutes ago in left field. Our buddy Bote Man reports via audio that Soriano hit an 0-1 pitch to the warning track in his first at-bat.
It looks like this is resolved. For this season, at least.
This distraction is apparently behind us, and the Nationals can get back to playing baseball.
Bowden seems to have won the PR war over this, even though he needs to be sent to Guantanamo for letting his ego put the Nationals in this ridiculous position.
With Vidro, Johnson, Guillen, Soriano and Zimmerman in the middle of the lineup, the Nats might actually score a few runs in 2006.
Ryan Church may not have a spot on this team now that Soriano is in the outfield. It's a shame the way he's been treated, implicitly accused of being a pansy after a collision with the left field wall in Pittsburgh.
It's awesome that this seems to have been resolved. But Bowden cannot be let off the hook for this one. Trading for a player only to massage his overinflated ego without assurances he'll play the position you need is reckless, irresponsible and flat out stupid.