Bryant Homers, Soler to the DL, Edwards Debuts and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kris Bryant has played two games this season and has two home runs for Double-A Tennessee. After launching his first longball of the year in his first at bat against Mat Latos on Thursday night, Bryant hit his second home run in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game. Bryant went 1-for-4 on Friday night in Pensacola with two strikeouts.

The Cubs placed Jorge Soler on the 7-day minor league disabled list on Friday with right hamstring soreness. Soler hit a double in his only at bat Thursday night against Mat Latos and was lifted in the second inning with a sore right hamstring. Soler is expected to undergo an MRI on the hamstring on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury. Soler was nursing the hamstring at the end of Spring Training. Jed Hoyer addressed Soler’s injury prior to Friday’s game and said the team is hoping for good news from the MRI and that he will be able to get back on the field soon.

PrintC.J. Edwards was very good on Friday night in his Double-A debut. Edwards allowed one hit in four shutout innings while striking out four and issuing just one walk. Edwards threw 63 pitches, 38 for strikes.

On the flip side, Javier Baez has gotten off to a slow start in Iowa, both in the field and at the plate. Two games into the season, Baez is hitless and has struggled making throws to first base. Baez has been charged with two errors and is 0-for-7 with a walk and four strikeouts in eight plate appearances.

Alberto Cabrera

RHP Alberto Cabrera cleared waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment last Saturday to make room on the roster for Brian Schlitter. Cabrera was assigned to Triple-Iowa on Thursday and reported to the team on Friday.

Cabrera is a hard thrower with good stuff when he is able to throw strikes. Cabrera’s inconsistent mechanics have led to troubles above the Double-A level.

Alberto Cabrera was added to Iowa’s bullpen and took Casey Coleman’s roster spot.

Casey Coleman

It appears Casey Coleman’s days in the Cubs organization are over. According to reports from Tommy Birch, Coleman left the Iowa Cubs and was transferred to Short-Season Boise. Coleman will report to the team’s facility in Mesa but has apparently elected to leave the organization. Coleman told Tommy Birch he will work out in Arizona until he finds another team.

The Cubs selected Coleman in the 15th round of the 2008 draft. Casey Coleman made his big league debut on August 2, 2010 and was the winning pitcher on August 23 of the same year in Washington, the first game for interim skipper Mike Quade.

Casey Coleman was 7-13 in 48 games, 26 starts, for the Cubs during parts of three seasons (2010-2012) with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta will make his first rehab start on Saturday night when the Tennessee Smokies take on the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola. Arrieta completed a simulated game in Pittsburgh before Monday’s opener. Arrieta is on a five-day schedule and without any setbacks he should be able to join the rotation at some point in the last full week of April.

Minor Moves

RHP Frank Batista was added to the Smokies’ active roster on Friday when Tennessee placed Jorge Soler on the 7-day DL. The Cubs held Batista back in extended spring training while they tried to find a spot for him on Iowa’s roster.

News and Notes

According to a report from the Kane County Chronicle, Cougars’ GM Curtis Haug is optimistic the Cubs will extend the contract with Kane County to remain the organization’s Low-A affiliate. Haug said he has spoken to the Cubs about extending the contract that expires at the end of this season. The Cubs and Cougars have a good relationship that both sides should want to continue.

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