According to a report from Smokies’ broadcaster Mick Gillispie, the Smokies placed OF Jorge Soler and RHP Pierce Johnson on the minor league 7-Day DL on Thursday afternoon.
The Smokies placed Soler on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain after it was announced Wednesday that he would be spending time in Arizona rehabbing a strained right hamstring. Soler missed the first month-plus of the season rehabbing a left hamstring strain. Soler suffered the injury to his left hamstring during Spring Training.
Pierce Johnson began the season on the DL after dealing with hamstring tightness during Spring Training. Johnson was placed on the 7-day DL with a strained left calf on Thursday. Johnson left Monday’s start after only four innings.
Three of the top pitching prospects in the system are now on the disabled list … Pierce Johnson, C.J. Edwards and Ivan Pineyro.
Pierce Johnson has been inconsistent this season, his first at the Double-A level. The recently turned 23-year old right hander was 1-1 in six games, five starts, with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. In 26 2/3 innings, Johnson surrendered 18 hits with 22 strikeouts and 24 walks … 14 of those walks came in two starts, eight on April 27 and six on May 13.
The Cubs have not addressed Johnson’s injury or much time they think he will miss.
The Cubs have not said how long they expect Jorge Soler to be out. Jason McLeod said Wednesday that Soler “is now on a new program to promote better muscular balance.”