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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
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.
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.
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
Top batters (minimum 70 at-bats):
Chris Valaika .322/.416/.483
Arismendy Alcantara .275/.290/.490
Matt Szczur .267/.337/.347
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
* 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
* Cubs top prospect Jorge Soler had to leave his Minor League season opener Thursday after he hit a double because of a sore left hamstring. Soler doubled in the first inning for Double-A Tennessee off Mat Latos, who was making a rehab start for Pensacola. Soler was limited to 55 games at Class A Daytona last season because of a strained left calf.
“It sounds like the exact same injury,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Friday. “He maybe rushed back too early to get ready for Opening Day or maybe it’s a coincidence. He hits a double in the gap against Latos and it’s a shame that’s the way his season started out. Hopefully, we’ll get good news and he’ll be back on the field soon.”
Soler was to have an MRI on his leg either Friday or Saturday, Hoyer said.
* Hoyer would not say whether the Cubs are still talking to Jeff Samardzija about a contract extension, or if the team would discuss anything this season.
“We’ll keep that in house,” Hoyer said. “In general, it’s up to the player [whether to talk in-season]. We don’t have any problem negotiating in season. I don’t have to hit a fastball or throw a strike. It doesn’t bother me or [president of baseball operations Theo Epstein], but if he or his agent thinks it’ll influence a performance at all, then we don’t do it. We take it on a case by case basis.”
* Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva threw a bullpen on Friday in preparation for what he feels will be his first start on Sunday. The right-hander was eager to get back on the mound.
“I threw a bullpen and I told [pitching coach Chris] Bosio, ‘I wish I could pitch today,’” Villanueva said. “I feel really good today.”
Villanueva took the loss in the Cubs’ first two games Monday and Wednesday, pitching in relief. His start on Sunday was in question because of the workload and manager Rick Renteria said he would talk with Bosio to go over their options. As far as Villanueva is concerned, he’s starting in the series finale against the Phillies.
“I’m in on Sunday,” Villanueva said. “Unless, they tell me otherwise, I’m in.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Starlin Castro may have only played three Cactus League games, but that was enough to convince Cubs manager Rick Renteria to insert the shortstop into the No. 3 spot in the Opening Day lineup.
“Wherever he puts me, I’ll try to do my job,” said Castro, who missed time because of a right hamstring strain suffered March 2.
Renteria wanted speed at the top of the lineup and went with Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake ahead of Castro, who also could lead off in games.
“I think I have some flexibility with the guys,” Renteria said.
* Justin Ruggiano did not start Monday against the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano because of a tender left ankle.
“He had a sore ankle at end of spring and we’re just trying to make sure we give him one more day and then we have a day off [Tuesday] and he’ll be ready to go the following day,” Renteria said.
* Top prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler will open the season at Double-A Tennessee. Soler, however, will be slowed because of a sore hamstring. Arodys Vizcaino, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was assigned to Class A Daytona to take advantage of the warm weather. Vizcaino will be on a structured program for the first month.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs made the first roster cuts of spring on Wednesday. Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur were optioned to the Minor League camp. Kris Bryant, Jeudy Valdez, Albert Almora, Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch were assigned to the Minor League camp. Outfielder Aaron Cunningham was granted his release. The Cubs now have 56 players in camp.
Alcantara, Watkins, and Szczur were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; Soler was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.
Bryant, the second player selected overall last June, hit a home run in his first spring at-bat, and was 2-for-9 in seven Cactus League games. His other hit also was a home run. Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2012, had appeared in six games, and was 5-for-9. Soler, coming back from a leg injury last season, was 2-for-8 in eight games.
“We’re glad they’re Cubbies,” Renteria said of the top trio. “They’ve shown their ability to be professionals here in terms of how they carried themselves, some of the performances they had in the course of the spring. Now it’s time for them to get down there and start getting more at-bats and start getting ready for the regular season for themselves and continue to develop and improve on their skill sets. It’s like anything, all players are a little disappointed, but they know there’s a reason and purpose for what we do.”
Bryant, Almora and Soler handled themselves well in big league camp, and often had more interview requests than the veteran players on the Cubs roster.
“They showed maturity beyond their age, the way they deal with people, the way they deal with the press, the way they interact with teammates,” Renteria said. “It was pretty good.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs travel to Goodyear on Saturday to face the Reds. Jason Hammel, a free agent who signed with the team shortly before camp opened, will get the start and also a chance to swing the bat. The Cubs tweaked the lineup, and will not use the designated hitter on Saturday. Plus, Mike Olt is now starting at first base in place of Chris Valaika, who played nine innings on Friday. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com. Here’s the lineup:
– Carrie Muskat