7/18 Soler to play Thursday
Jorge Soler, the Cuban outfielder who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs earlier this month, will make his pro debut in a Arizona Rookie League game on Thursday. Soler was expected to be the designated hitter for the Mesa Cubs. He will play in the outfield on Friday. Albert Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, also has been working out in Mesa, but has yet to get into a game.
— Carrie Muskat