Leg injury may sideline Soler for season
MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs got a dose of bad news as they’ve learned outfield prospect Jorge Soler will be out for perhaps the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left tibia. Soler was examined in Chicago yesterday. He fouled a pitch off the leg during a game with Class A Daytona.
Soler has a hitting line of .281/.343/.467 for the D-Cubs. He has 8 homers, 35 RBI, 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 210 at-bats over 55 games.
“It’s too bad,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "Obviously, there’s a chance it could be right to the end of the year. You never know with something like that. To lose that possibly two months of development, his first year of playing every day, now you miss that first season of playing 142 games, (and playing) every day. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, he can play some winter ball somewhere and pick up those at-bats.”
Soler, a native of Cuba, had been selected to play for the World Team in the 15th annual Futures Game July 14 at Citi Field as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities.
As for today’s Cubs-Brewers game, Matt Garza and personal catcher Dioner Navarro take on Wily Peralta, a right-hander. Alfonso Soriano sits for the second straight game, as Brian Bogusevic gets another start in left field after going 2-for-4 in last night’s 5-4 victory.
“Like I said yesterday on Bogusevic, I wanted to get him in there and get him comfortable before the West Coast. He had a nice ballgame last night. Get him back in there, especially against a guy who struggles against left-handed hitting. I told Sori he would play every day and DH probably the whole West Coast trip.”
The Cubs head to Seattle and Oakland for interleague play after this afternoon’s game.
From the game notes: When Nate Schierholtz hit his 11th homer of the season Tuesday night, be became the first Cubs right fielder with at least 11 homers in a season before July 1 since Jeromy Burnitz had 13 in 2005. The Cubs credit STATS for that one … Closer Kevin Gregg is 12-for-12 in save chances this year, joining Oakland’s Grant Balfour (18-for-18) and St. Louis’ Edward Mujica as the three perfect closers in the majors … The Cubs look to win their first series at Miller Park since taking two of three Sept. 10-12, 2010. They’ve dropped their last seven series at Miller Park.
Class AAA Iowa had Wednesday off. They resume play today at Omaha.
Tennessee (AA) won its third straight, beating Jackson 6-0 behind Kyle Hendricks. He worked 8 innings and gave up 5 hits while walking one and striking out six. Hendricks is 8-2 with a 2.17 ERA. Christian Villanueva homered for the second straight game. Both Villanueva and Hendricks came from the Texas organization in last year’s trade for Ryan Dempster. Arismendy Alcantara was selected to play for the World Team in the Futures Game. He’s from the Dominican Republic.
Daytona’s game was rained out. They will play Tampa today in a doubleheader.
The Kane County Cougars (A) fell to 0-6 in the second half with a 5-4 loss to Beloit. Jose Rosario took the loss as he lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up 3 hits and 4 runs. He’s 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA. Gioskar Amaya hit his third homer and went 2-for-4. Big Dan Vogelbach reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a double.
Boise (A) split two with Hillsboro, winning 4-3 and losing 3-2. James Pugliese worked 5 innings in Game 1, getting no decision. He gave up 5 hits and 3 runs. Recently drafted center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2-for-4. In Game 2, Paul Blackburn took the loss, working 5 innings and giving up 4 hits and 3 unearned runs. He walked one and struck out eight. Blackburn still has a ERA of 0.00.
Hannemann was a baseball and football star at BYU.
"I love football," Hannemann told the Idaho Statesman. "It's just a different type of love. If I had stayed in college I would have continued to play both sports. … The football thing would have been great, and I had a chance to start this year, but I'm where I'm supposed to be.
"Baseball is fun, and that's what I came here to play. I'm glad I made the decision. I'm just going to focus on my body, staying healthy and playing the game I love."
Mesa (Rookie) beat the A’s 6-5 with Erick Leal working 5 innings of 1-hit, shutout ball. Giuseppe Papaccio was 3-for-4 with a stolen base.