Following a left ankle injury sustained during Monday’s game at Miami, the Chicago Cubs have placed rookie right fielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain. The severity of the injury is not known at this time, but estimates of a return timetable vary between 3-6 weeks. Soler, 23, injured the ankle while lunging at first base.
As a result of the injury, Cubs manager Joe Maddon already got creative with his lineup on Tuesday when he played rookie star Kris Bryant in left field. This was just Bryant’s second major league game in the outfield. Bryant has maintained a positive attitude regarding his positional changes. Prior to Tuesday’s game he said, “I’m prepared for anything. I played all over the field growing up, and it’s important to have that versatility. I said before, it’s a kid’s game. So you’re a kid playing this game, you play all over the field.”
The Cubs have called up first baseman/outfielder Mike Baxter, but Junior Lake is expected to take over Soler’s duties in right field. Lake took advantage of the opportunity on Tuesday, going 2-4 with 2 doubles. Like fellow prospect Javier Baez, Lake has suffered from a lack of playing time. If Soler is out for a significant amount of time this will be Lake’s time to shine.
The Cuban import Soler was batting .265 with 4 HR and 19 RBIs.