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7/24 40-man realities

There has been plenty of speculation by commenters here about whether or not Jorge Soler or others will be called up in September. On Wednesday, Theo Epstein was asked whether Soler would be promoted because the outfielder was on the 40-man roster.

“The 40-man is a real consideration when it comes to promotions,” Epstein said. “If a player is already on the 40 or has to be protected this winter and has to be added to the roster [because of the Rule 5 Draft], it just makes it easier to call them up than if you have to prematurely add a player to the 40-man just for September.

“We haven’t made those decisions yet,” Epstein said. “We talk about the different possibilities and discuss the pros and cons. We don’t start to focus on it until the last week of August, and even then, we hope that [Triple-A] Iowa will be in the playoffs and we hope they go deep. That affects the calculus if you’re only looking at a couple weeks left in the Major League season.

“Yes, the 40-man does make a difference, and the need to be added for Rule 5 protection, does make a difference.”

For a list of who is on the 40-man roster, you can go to Cubs.com, and click on “Roster.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor League highlights

Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.

Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”

Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.

Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.

7/14 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up four runs on nine hits over six innings in Iowa’s 5-2 loss to Oklahoma City. Iowa totaled three hits. Iowa has Monday off.

Jorge Soler hit two home runs to help Tennessee beat Jacksonville, 14-8. The Smokies scored seven runs in the fifth. For Soler, it was his first career multi-homer game. He went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Stephen Bruno had three hits and three RBIs. Tennessee faces Jacksonville Monday.

Tayler Scott threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Jupiter. Scott walked two and struck out one, scattering five hits. Billy McKinney hit his first home run with the Cubs and drove in a four runs. Chadd Krist had two hits, including a two-run homer in the second. Daytona plays Jupiter Monday.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over seven innings in Kane County’s 3-1 win over Beloit in the first game of a doubleheader. Tseng struck out seven. Kyle Schwarber and Jacob Rogers each had two hits. In the second game, Jeimer Candelario hit two home runs to lead Kane County to a 6-5 win. Candelario drove in four runs, and is now batting .267.

Ben Wells gave up one run over six innings in Boise’s 6-2 win over Eugene. Jesse Hodges and Alex Tomasovich each had two hits. Tyler Ihrig was scheduled to start Monday vs. Spokane.

Mesa’s game vs. the White Sox was postponed because of rain. The Cubs will play the Giants on Monday.

* NOTE: Tennessee’s Jorge Soler was named Player of the Week in the Southern League on Monday and Kane County’s Jeimer Candelario named Player of the week in the Midwest League.

7/13 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Jorge Soler hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs in Tennessee’s 14-8 win over Jacksonville. Stephen Bruno had three hits and three RBIs for the Smokies. It’s the first time in Soler’s Minor League career that he has hit two home runs in a game. Overall, the Smokies combined for 14 runs and 15 hits, while each of the first seven batters in the order scored at least one run.

7/6 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Corey Black gave up one run over six innings, Jorge Soler hit a home run in his return from the disabled list, and Dustin Geiger drove in three runs with three hits to lead Tennessee to a 9-1 win over Birmingham Sunday. Soler connected in the sixth. He missed most of the first half while battling hamstring injuries in both legs. Sunday marked his first game back with the Smokies since May 15. Newly acquired shortstop Addison Russell went 0-for-5 in his first game with the Smokies.

7/6 Russell, Soler join Smokies

Addison Russell, acquired by the Cubs via trade from the Athletics, has joined Double-A Tennessee. Russell, 20, has missed much of the first half of the season because of a strained hamstring. In 13 games with Double-A Midland, he batted .333 (16-for-48) with seven runs, three doubles, a triple, one home run and eight RBI. The infielder was selected by the Athletics as the eleventh overall selection in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Pace High School in Pensacola, Florida.

In another move, outfielder Jorge Soler has been activated from the Disabled List. In seven games with the Smokies this year, the 22-year-old outfielder batted .333 clip (8-for-24) with four runs scored, seven doubles and seven RBI, and had a double in each of the first six games with the team.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Kevin Brown has been transferred to Class A Boise. The Cubs also announced infielder Jeudy Valdez has been released. In 58 games with the Smokies, he batted .225.

6/28 Minor matters – Thursday’s games

Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-3 win Thursday over Colorado Springs in the first game of a doubleheader. Arismendy Alcantara hit his ninth home run. It was Hendricks’ fourth quality start. In the second game, Manny Ramirez made his season debut, and was 0-for-4, reaching on an error, in a 7-6 loss. Javier Baez was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Corey Black threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in Tennessee’s 4-0 win over Jackson. Stephen Bruno, Christian Villanueva, Rubi Silva, Jonathan Mota and Elliot Soto each had two hits.

Marco Hernandez had two hits in Daytona’s 5-3 loss to Dunedin. Dan Vogelbach and Albert Almora each drove in a run.

Daury Torrez threw eight shutout innings in Kane County’s 5-0 win over Wisconsin. Kyle Schwarber, Ben Carhart and Jacob Rogers each had two hits.

Boise totaled five hits in a 10-0 loss to Hillsboro. Justin Marra had two hits.

Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer in Mesa’s 7-4 win over the Athletics. Charcer Burks also homered, a solo shot in the eighth.

6/27 Jorge Soler update

Top prospect Jorge Soler has been limited to 10 games in the Minor Leagues this season, but the Cubs feel they may have found a solution to the outfielder’s leg problems. Soler, who hit a home run Thursday playing for the Arizona Rookie League team, underwent a full body assessment that included a study of his anatomy and biomechanics. He has been limited because of hamstring issues in both legs, and the problem may be related to his posture and the muscle distribution on his body.

Theo Epstein said the injuries have been more of a “freak” thing and that the medical staff did a thorough evaluation of Soler.

Soler began the season at Double-A Tennessee but hurt his hamstring in his first game. In three games with the Rookie League team, he’s 5-for-10. The plan is to get the outfielder back with the Smokies this year, Epstein said.

– Carrie Muskat

6/22 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-0 loss to Albuquerque. Welington Castillo had two singles and two walks, and stole a base in his second rehab game. He re-joined the Cubs on Sunday and was activated from the disabled list.

Corey Black gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 loss to Chattanooga. Christian Villanueva drove in the Smokies’ only run with a RBI double.

Daytona pounded 18 hits in an 11-4 win over Tampa. Rock Shoulders had three hits, including a three-run homer and a double, and Jordan Hankins had three hits, including a two-run home run. Wes Darvill drove in four hits.

Kane County’s game against Cedar Rapids was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Sunday.

Varonex Cuevas homered for his first hit with Boise in the Hawks’ 3-2 loss to Spokane. Cuevas had been 0-for-16 to start the season.

Mesa opened the Rookie League season with a 10-9 loss to Arizona. Jorge Soler went 3-for-5, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs.

5/21 Jorge Soler update

Cubs prospect Jorge Soler is sidelined again this season, this time with a right hamstring strain. Soler, who had a left hamstring strain in Spring Training, was examined by Cubs doctors in Chicago. The outfielder, who is playing for Double-A Tennessee, is now on a new program to promote better muscular balance. Soler will rehab at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., and then rejoin the Tennessee team. The Cuban outfielder has played just seven games, and was batting .333 (8-for-24) with seven doubles and seven RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

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