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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

5/9 Minor matters

Kyle Hendricks struck out six over six innings and took the loss as Iowa dropped a 9-1 game to New Orleans. Hendricks is now 0-2 in May despite a 2.38 ERA in his two starts.

Kris Bryant hit his ninth home run to help Tennessee beat Birmingham, 5-4. Jorge Soler reached base four times in his first game back since April 3, drawing two walks and hitting two doubles. He also had two RBIs. Bryant had three hits, and leads the Southern League in homers. Jose Veras threw a scoreless eighth for the win in his second rehab appearance.

Daytona lost its fourth straight, losing 7-0 to Brevard County. Yao-Lin Wang took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits over five innings.

Duane Underwood gave up one run over five innings and did not get a decision in a 5-2, 11 inning win over Burlington. Jacob Rogers and Shawon Dunston had three hits each. David Bote had two RBIs.

5/8 Soler, Bryant help Smokies win

Jorge Soler reached base four times and drove in two runs, Kris Bryant hit his third homer in two nights and Jae-Hoon Ha hit game-winning two-run single in Double-A Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Birmingham. It was the Smokies’ 10th win in 11 games. Soler was playing in his first game since coming off the DL. He had two hits and two RBI, and reached base safely all four times he came to the plate. Bryant had three hits, including a home run.

Tennessee starter Pierce Johnson did not factor in the decision. He gaveup three runs on three hits over six innings and struck out eight. Jose Veras struck out one in one inning in his second rehab outing. Armando Rivero picked up his seventh save.

5/5 Minor League updates

Here’s an update on the Cubs’ “core four” top Minor League prospects through Sunday, May 5:

Javier Baez: 20 Gs at Iowa, .149 (11 for 74), 3 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI, 31 Ks

Kris Bryant: 29 Gs at Tennessee, .295 (31-for-105), 6 HR, 8 2B, 0 3B, 15 RBI, 35 Ks

Jorge Soler: 1 G at Tennessee, 1.000 (1-for-1), 1 2B (On DL, hamstring strain)

Albert Almora: 23 Gs at Daytona, .247 (23-for-93), 1 HR, 6 2B, 0 3B, 11 RBI, 10 Ks

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Top batters (minimum 70 at-bats):

Triple-A Iowa
Chris Valaika .322/.416/.483
Arismendy Alcantara .275/.290/.490
Matt Szczur .267/.337/.347

Double-A Tennessee
Rafael Lopez .310/.456/.521
John Andreoli .310/.430/.402
Kris Bryant .295/.417/.543

Class A Daytona
Bijan Rademacher .350/.429/.513
Marco Hernandez .305/.345/.354
Tim Saunders .253/.315/.410

Class A Kane County
Yasiel Balaguert .282/.309/.350
Danny Lockhart .262/.328/.299
Carlos Penalver .259/.331/.324

4/22 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will likely make one more Minor League rehab start before he’s ready to rejoin the big league team. Arrieta, slowed this spring by tightness in his right shoulder, made his fourth rehab start on Monday for Class A Daytona and threw 94 pitches over 5 2/3 innings.

“I felt really good,” he said Tuesday at Wrigley Field. “I was uncomfortable throughout the first couple [innings] but settled in nicely as things went on and started to feel like I knew how to get some of those guys out. I got to 94 pitches and that was where the mark was and I feel really good today.”

The last outing of Spring Training for starting pitchers is usually a shorter one, and that’s where Arrieta is in his progression. With Arrieta still needing time to rehab, Carlos Villanueva will stay in the rotation, manager Rick Renteria said.

* Jose Veras had a long side session with bullpen coach Lester Strode on Tuesday as the Cubs try to get the right-hander back on track to resume his role as the closer.

“He needs to pitch,” manager Rick Renteria said of Veras. “He wants to get back out there on the hill and throw. We’ll do everything we can to get him some work.”

One of the problems with Veras may be that he isn’t warming up well, which is why Strode was working with the right-hander.

“I’m sure we haven’t seen the very best of him,” Renteria said of Veras. “We do want to get him back and we’ll do everything we can to put him in the game and get him to throw.”

* Theo Epstein supported Renteria’s decision to call a team meeting after last Friday’s game.

“It’s a matter of striking the right balance between keeping an even keel and also being attentive when our standards slip in certain areas,” Epstein said. “It’s always a tricky balance but Ricky has a good feel for the pulse of the team and isn’t afraid to address things as they come up.”

Epstein and Renteria know they have to be careful as to when they time the sessions.

“You can’t call meetings after every frustrating game or series,” Epstein said. “It’s a matter of striking the right balance.”

* Cubs prospect Jorge Soler, sidelined with a sore right hamstring, is rehabbing at the team’s complex in Mesa, Ariz., and doing some baseball activities. However, Soler is not ready to play in games in extended Spring Training. Soler appeared in one game for Double-A Tennessee and hit a double, then had to leave the game because of the hamstring injury. The Cubs will take their time to avoid having Soler aggravate the injury.

– Carrie Muskat

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