#Cubs notes: Soler, Wada and butterflies

* Jorge Soler, on the DL with a left ankle sprain, was able to play catch on Sunday, and could get the boot off his ankle soon, possibly as early as Monday. He has yet to start hitting. Soler has been sidelined since June 3. He has added Michael Jordan “jump” logo stickers to his walking boot.

* Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with starter Tsuyoshi Wada, who is winless in five starts, and has not finished the fourth inning in his last two outings. Maddon said he got the lefty to smile during their chat. Wada’s next start is Tuesday against the Indians.

“I’m really eager to see him play now,” Maddon said.

* Cubs rookie Kris Bryant knows all about the butterflies top prospects Brian Buxton of the Twins and Francisco Lindor of the Indians must be feeling as they made their Major League debuts Sunday. Bryant made his debut on April 17. Any advice?

“Enjoy it,” Bryant said. “I think that’s the best thing. Enjoy it. You only have one debut, you only have one first pitch in the big leagues, you only have one play. Enjoy it and take it all in. That’s what I told [teammate] Addison [Russell], too.”

* In his second rehab start for Double-A Tennessee, Jacob Turner gave up two hits and walked one over five scoreless innings, striking out three. The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since March 27 with right shoulder inflammation, threw 63 pitches, 36 for strikes, and got the win as the Smokies beat Jacksonville, 4-1.

— Carrie Muskat

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Every time Lester starts, it means there are at least two `automatic outs` in the lineup, he and his companion, Ross, and when Baxter starts along with them, as is the case tonight, it means there are three `automatic outs,` in the lineup. It`s like going to battle with a formidable opponent with one hand tied behind one`s back. I do not fancy those odds. If y`all do, God bless you, but I refuse to be on the same page. And for a pitcher to allow runners to run wild on the base paths with no ability to limit or control that, is contrary to everything I`ve been taught about the game. It`s downright `weak` and `impotent.` I`ll never accept it, as I respect hurlers who can provide both offense and defense, along with stellar pitching. Y`all should tolerate nothing less if you want a champion.

What a game! Way to go starlin!!!!

Lester can’t hold runners on. Ross is an automatic out. Wow, did we just travel back in time to April, because these are the types of arguments we were having back then. The Cubs are 7 games above .500 and would make the playoffs if they started today, so what exactly is the problem? If Lester’s ERA was still in the 6.00s, then I’d agree with you about holding on baserunners and having Ross start in every game he pitches. But it’s not and Lester has pitched very well since his first few rocky starts. Plus it’s not like Brayan Pena was the one running on Lester. It was Billy Hamilton, the fastest guy in the game today. It takes nothing less than a perfect throw by the catcher on a perfect pitch to handle to throw him out stealing, no matter who is pitching. As for Baxter, why are you even voicing concern about him? He’s started all of two games in RF and when Soler is back, he’ll be back on the bench or in AAA where he belongs. And with the trade deadline a month and a half away, there’s plenty of time to look out for a veteran lefty bat to come off the bench and fill in if someone gets hurt, so when September comes around and the Cubs are in the thick of the playoff race, I don’t think their first backup option will be Mike Baxter.

Where are all the Castro haters at???

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