4/11 Soler suspended 5 games
The Florida State League suspended Cubs prospect Jorge Soler five games for leaving the dugout and wielding a bat Wednesday night. Soler, who is playing for Class A Daytona, was ejected in the seventh inning. Clearwater second baseman Carlos Alonso came down on Soler after he slid into second trying to break up a double play. Soler and Alonso exchanged words and were then separated. But Soler re-emerged from the Cubs dugout with a bat and made his way toward the visitor’s dugout. He was restrained by teammates, then ejected.
The news of Soler’s outburst surprised the Cubs players, who were with the 21-year-old outfielder in Spring Training.
“He came here to work hard, to be in the big leagues and [I told him to] not pay attention to the negative in the Minor Leagues because sometimes there are some people who are negative,” veteran Alfonso Soriano said. “I said, ‘Don’t think about that, just think about how you came here to play hard and sooner or later, you’ll be in the big leagues if you do the right thing.'”
Soler’s father lives in Miami, but otherwise, his mother and sister are still in Cuba. He doesn’t have many family members in the U.S. Soriano tried to give the young outfielder advice in Spring Training, and planned on calling Soler.
“I’d tell him to focus and play baseball and not listen to anybody — just play baseball,” Soriano said.
— Carrie Muskat