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* The Cubs will salute Hall of Famer Ernie Banks prior to Tuesday’s game against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Banks has been named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Billy Williams, Banks’ teammate on the Cubs and a fellow Hall of Famer, will introduce Banks on Tuesday. The festivities were expected to begin around 6:50 p.m. CT. before the Cubs face the Reds at 7:05 p.m. CT.
No date has been set as to when Banks will receive the honor from President Barack Obama. The Medal of Freedom, established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, is the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States.
* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw a bullpen on Monday and was expected to begin another rehab assignment starting Wednesday at Class A Daytona. The right-hander made three starts at low A Kane County, then one with Daytona, and weather interfered with his next outing. His longest start was 3 1/3 innings on July 29.
* Jorge Soler, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia, was examined on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., and the test results were to be sent to the team’s medical staff in Chicago to gauge the progress the outfielder is making. Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October. Soler, 21, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games with Daytona. He apparently fouled a ball off his left shin in Spring Training, and the injury flared up before the Florida State League All-Star Game.
* Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch, who threw a no-hitter on Aug. 6, has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of Aug. 5-11. It’s the second award this season for the Double-A Tennessee left-hander, who was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. Jokisch, 24, made history against Jacksonville with the Smokies’ first nine-inning no-hitter since Scot Elam in 1985. It was the first no-hitter since Mark Holliman tossed a seven-inning no-no in 2007. Jokisch lefty struck out eight and faced four batters over the minimum in a 10-0 win over the Suns.
* The Cubs’ game Sept. 7 against the Brewers has been changed to a 3:05 p.m. CT start time. It had originally been listed as a 12:05 p.m. CT start, but was adjusted at the request of national television, the team said. Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field also will start at 3:05 p.m. CT.
The late afternoon games are tough because it’s an unusual time, and the shadows on Wrigley make it tricky for the players to see.
“The shadows and the sun in right field are horrendous and obviously, late in the game hitting, you better have the lead because it ain’t too easy hitting once those shadows come in,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat
* Jorge Soler, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia, was to be examined on Monday in Chicago to gauge the progress the outfielder is making. Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October. Soler, 21, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games with Daytona. He apparently fouled a ball off his left shin in Spring Training, and the injury flared up before the Florida State League All-Star Game.
* Albert Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, also was on the disabled list with a groin injury, and GM Jed Hoyer said Friday the outfielder could be sidelined 10 days to two weeks. Almora is another candidate for the AFL.
* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick this year in the Draft, has been impressive at short-season Boise, and Hoyer said they will discuss a possible promotion. The third baseman would likely be bumped up to Class A Kane County next.
“He’s played really well over the last couple weeks,” Hoyer said. “It’s to be expected that he would get off to a slow start. He hadn’t played since the end of May. [A promotion] is something we’ll be discussing over the next week or so.”
* On Thursday, Kyle Hendricks made a good impression in his first start with Triple-A Iowa, giving up one unearned run over seven innings, striking out five and walking one.
“He has a sub 2.00 ERA in Double-A and to go up and throw seven innings and no earned runs in Triple A, it shows you the value of command,” Hoyer said. “It’s nothing spectacular, mostly fastball, changeup, but he locates everything down and to both sides of the plate. He’s had a terrific year. You could make a strong argument that he’s been the best [Cubs' Minor League] pitcher this year.”
It’s unlikely the Cubs would promote Hendricks to the big league club when rosters expand in September because they want to watch the innings count.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has a stress fracture of his left tibia, and will be sidelined four to six weeks. Soler apparently fouled a ball off his leg in Spring Training, and the injury flared up. He will have to wear a walking boot, and will go to Mesa, Ariz., to rehab.
Theo Epstein says they are hopeful Soler can return to games this year, and want to have him play in the Arizona Fall League.
“If he gets back and plays again this year and can play in the Fall League, it should make up for [missed time],” Epstein said of Soler.
– Carrie Muskat
* Alfonso Soriano did not start Wednesday, and will likely be the Cubs designated hitter when they play six Interleague games in American League West ballparks, starting Friday in Seattle. Brian Bogusevic, called up from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, started in left field Wednesday against the Brewers, and will do so against the Mariners and Athletics, manager Dale Sveum said.
“You want to keep that bat going, and you don’t want him to sit too long,” Sveum said of Bogusevic, who was batting .319 with 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 32 RBIs and 16 stolen bases with Iowa.
* The Cubs have yet to sign their first-round pick, third baseman Kris Bryant, but Sveum is eager to see the infielder play as soon as possible. Of course, fans want to know how quick Bryant will be in the Major Leagues.
“You can’t put a timetable on kids like that getting to the big leagues,” Sveum said. “Hopefully, everything goes well and you get those kind of players with that kind of power and leverage in their swing, you want to get them here early but you don’t want to do anything to wreck his development either.”
The Cubs are counting on the young prospects in their system to take the team to a World Championship. That’s a lot of pressure.
“You hope people don’t get too anxious,” Sveum said, “and say, ‘Man, there’s openings here, there’s openings there. Man, I’ve got to do this to get to the big leagues soon.’ You try to do too much and can wreck your own development.”
* Class A Daytona outfielder Jorge Soler was to be examined in Chicago. He’s been sidelined with a sore left shin, injured when he fouled a ball off his leg. Soler went on the seven-day disabled list, which ended on Saturday, and has yet to play. He was to see the Cubs medical staff this week.
– Carrie Muskat
Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler were named to the World Team for the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 14 at Citi Field. The game features the top Minor League prospects, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. 1 p.m. CT and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.com.
For the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot, available exclusively on MLB.com/futuresfinalists and the Club sites. Fans may begin voting immediately and cast their ballots until Sunday at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is among the candidates for the final spot on the World Team. You can vote for the shortstop, who is playing for Class A Daytona. #VoteBaez
In addition to voting on the web, fans also may use their mobile phones to cast votes via text message. To receive the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. Individual player votes may be cast directly via text by sending a player’s code to 89269. For example, Text “w1” to vote for Baez. All votes are final.
* Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, eligible to come off the disabled list Friday after being sidelined with a sore left shin, was still experiencing some discomfort and not expected to return to the Class A Daytona lineup for a few more days.
“He was sore there and that’s why he didn’t play in the [Florida State League] All-Star Game, and we thought it would be best to rest him for a few days, and hopefully, it’ll be another day or two,” said Jason McLeod, vice president, scouting and player development for the Cubs.
Soler, ranked No. 3 among the Cubs’ top 20 prospects, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and one triple in 55 games with Daytona.
Some other updates:
* Josh Vitters, who was rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., at the Cubs’ complex, apparently had a setback and there’s no timetable for the third baseman’s return, McLeod said. Vitters, 23, on Triple-A Iowa’s disabled list, was batting .270 in 19 games.
“He’s battling some nicks and bruises,” McLeod said of Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2007. “It’s been a tough year for him. He’s a kid who, because of where he was picked in the Draft, you tend to think this guy is 25 years old or something, but he’s still fairly young. Hopefully, he can salvage the second half and get out on the field.”
* Speaking of the Draft, McLeod said most of the college kids will go to Class A Boise, rather than play in the Arizona Rookie League, which gets underway Friday.
* Pierce Johnson, a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft, was recently promoted from Class A Kane County to Daytona, but McLeod said they’ll give the right-hander a little break.
“He certainly earned [the promotion],” McLeod said of Johnson. “He’s at about 70 innings right now, and looking at what we have planned for him for the year, we thought it would be a good challenge for him. We’ll use the All-Star break and where we’re slotting him to give him a little breather. He probably won’t start another five, six days, which will give him, in essence, a skipped start.”
Johnson was 5-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts for Kane County, striking out 74 over 69 2/3 innings.
* McLeod also said Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion is not likely to pitch this summer because of back problems. The target date, McLeod said, was instructional league in the fall.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs top prospect Jorge Soler was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a sore left shin. Soler, who is on the Class A Daytona roster, did not start Monday or Tuesday, but was able to walk around. He was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games.
* Tennessee defeated Mississippi, 2-1, to finish the first half of the season, 34-35. Smokies starter Eric Jokisch kept Mississippi off the scoreboard until the fifth when he gave up a RBI single to Phil Gosselin. Jokisch (5-6) worked in and out of trouble all night, but only surrendered the one run over six innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out three on 86 pitches (53 strikes).
* Daytona’s Javy Baez was named Florida State League Player of the Week for the second time this season. The honor came after Baez’s four homer game.
* Daytona’s Jorge Soler did not play Monday. He has some tightness in his calf, and was held out as a precautionary measure.
Chris Rusin threw seven shutout innings and Brian Bogusevic hit two home runs to help Iowa beat Oklahoma City, 5-1. Rusin struck out three and gave up five hits. Bogusevic drove in four runs. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 and stole a base.
Tennessee had Wednesday off, and will face Mississippi on Thursday. Alberto Cabrera was scheduled to start.
Chadd Krist hit his first home run in Daytona’s 6-3 loss to Fort Myers in the first game of a doubleheader. Ben Wells took the loss, giving up three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings. Jorge Soler had two hits, including a double. In the second game, Zeke DeVoss hit his third homer but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 5-4. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up two runs over four innings.
On Wednesday, Javier Baez and Dustin Geiger were selected to participate in the Home Run Derby for the Florida State League All-Star Game.
Kane County’s game vs. Burlington was canceled because of rain. On Thursday, Tayler Scott gets the start against Burlington.
Boise opens its season Friday at Eugene.
Chris Rusin gave up five runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 5-3 loss to New Orleans. Dave Sappelt had two hits. Michael Bowden struck out three, gave up one hit and walked a batter in 1 2/3 innings.
Tennessee vs. Jackson was postponed Sunday because of the weather.
Austin Kirk struck out seven over six shutout innings in Daytona’s 5-0 rain-shortened win over Brevard County. The game was called after seven innings because of the weather. Javier Baez had two hits and one RBIs and Jorge Soler drove in two runs. Soler has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.
Dan Vogelbach hit his eighth home run in Kane County’s 3-2, 10-inning win over Cedar Rapids. Albert Almora had three hits, including a double. Jeimer Candelario had three hits.
Brett Jackson had four hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in two in Iowa’s 10-5, 13-inning loss to New Orleans. Nick Struck started but did not get a decision, giving up five runs over five innings. Brad Nelson had two hits. Steve Clevenger started his rehab assignment and hit a double and drove in three runs.
Kyle Hendricks, named the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month for May, kicked off June with seven shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 win over Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. Hendricks struck out seven. It was his fifth straight quality start, and he’s now 6-2 with a 2.20 ERA. In the second game, Christian Villanueva hit his fifth home run in a 7-1 win. Ronald Torreyes had three hits and two RBIs.
Javier Baez hit a double and Jorge Soler drove in a run but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 5-3, to Bradenton. Yaniel Cabezas had two hits, both doubles, and one RBIs.
Dillon Maples threw five shutout innings, striking out seven, in Kane County’s 10-4 loss to Cedar Rapids. Reggie Golden had two hits, including his first home run, and Rock Shoulders and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits. Albert Almora also had a hit and has hit safely in nine of his first 11 games. He’s batting .455.