The Cubs announced on Thursday morning that tests on Jorge Soler’s injured shin revealed a stress fracture in his left tibia. Jorge Soler will be in a walking boot for four-to-six weeks and will miss the Futures game. While several reports speculated that Soler could be out for the remainder of the season, the Cubs are not seeing it that way.
Theo Epstein addressed Soler’s injury following Thursday’s game in Milwaukee. The Cubs are hoping that Soler will be able to play again in August so he can finish the year in the minors before taking a break to either participate in the Instructional League or the Arizona Fall League.
The Cubs feel he is up to the challenge of the Arizona Fall League and if all goes as planned the team would like to see Soler make up some of the at bats he is going to miss in the AFL.
According to Theo Epstein, the root of Jorge Soler’s injury happened back in Spring Training when he fouled a ball off his shin. Soler recently re-aggravated the injury and when the pain did not go away he flew to Chicago to be examined by the team’s doctors.
Jorge Soler was hitting .281/.343/.467/.810 with 13 doubles, one triple and eight home runs before the injury and appeared to put his early season troubles behind him.
Soler is scheduled to leave for the team’s facility in Mesa on Friday.
Without a doubt this injury will delay Soler’s development but if the Cubs can get him playing time in the Arizona Fall League it will help get him the experience he needed in his first full year of pro ball heading into the off-season.