A move that was expected Saturday will happen prior to Sunday’s game when the Cubs activate OF Jorge Soler from the disabled list. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Soler will return Sunday.
The Cubs starting right fielder has been on the 15-day DL since June 3 with a sprained left ankle. Soler completed his rehab stint with Iowa on Friday and did not travel with the team to New Orleans. Soler told the Des Moines Register he felt like he was back to 100 percent. Soler was 2-for-13 with three walks and four strikeouts in four rehab games.
Joe Maddon said Saturday that Soler would be back soon and hinted at him being reinstated for Sunday’s finale with the Marlins.
Jorge Soler will help lengthen a Cubs’ lineup that has missed him over the last month both offensively and defensively. Joe Maddon used a variety of players over the last month to fill in for Soler.
After a slow start to the season in which he batted .247/.319/.395 with four doubles, a triple and two home runs in 20 games, Soler was heating up with the weather before he landed on the DL. Soler hit .288/.336/.423 during 28 games in May with eight doubles, two home runs and a .759 OPS.
For the season, Jorge Soler is batting .265/.322/.402 with 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .724 OPS. Soler has 15 walks and 67 strikeouts in 49 games (189 at bats).
OF Matt Szczur is likely the odd man out and could be optioned to Iowa to make room for Soler on the 25-man roster. OF Mike Baxter could also be sent down but he gives Joe Maddon a left handed bat off the bench.