Soriano's knee feeling better

Alfonso Soriano said his conditioning during the winter is paying off. AP Photo/Matt York

MESA, Ariz. -- If you’re an Alfonso Soriano fan, then Thursday was a good day for you and the Cubs left fielder. Soriano has been testing his surgically repaired left knee with what he called excellent results over the past two days.

“Yesterday I was doing my running [up to] 85 percent, and I didn’t feel anything at all,” Soriano said. “I think I’m building something, because I’m feeling more and more power in my knee.”

Soriano, who stated on Tuesday that his knee was only 75-80 percent healthy, was excited about the progress he’s made in just a few days.

“I think the work I did in the winter is paying off,” Soriano said. “I started running, hitting and doing a lot of stuff, and I don’t feel any pain at all.”

Soriano told me he hasn’t tried to fully test the leg, but that day is coming soon.

“The only thing I’m doing 100 percent is fielding,” he said. “I don’t feel any pain at all. I think I need to trust it more. Before I felt my knee is good, now I need to trust it 100 percent.”

Soriano refused to use conventional icing as a form of calming down the knee after workouts.

“I’ve been working before practice to get the knee warm,” he said. “I don’t want to use the ice, because I want to forget about what happened to my knee last year.”

Soriano said he hopes to play at least 150 games in 2010. The Cubs’ $136 million man has missed 125 games in the last three seasons, including 45 in 2009.