Cubs Lose Key Players To Injuries

The Chicago Cubs have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks posting a 20-5 record in their past 25 games. They’ve been surging all right, but a pair of injuries to RHP Jason Motte and OF Jorge Soler will sideline the pair for a bit of time.

Soler is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle that puts him on the DL until at least mid-September, but could make him miss nearly the rest of the regular season. He has already spent time on the DL this season.

Soler has been Chicago’s everyday right fielder so far this season while he hasn’t been injured, and has hit .265 with seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games played.

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As for Jason Motte, he is dealing with a strained shoulder that will keep him out for 3-4 weeks and will be on a no throwing program for the next week or 10 days.

Motte has had a decent year out of the bullpen for Chicago posting a 3.91 ERA with a record of 8-1 in 48.1 innings pitched. With the closer situation being quite fluid for manager Joe Maddon, Motte also has picked up six saves. He has been a fairly important piece for a Cubs bullpen that has been a little bit shaky so far this season.

These two injuries prompted a move from Triple-A Iowa in which infielder Tommy La Stella and reliever Zac Rosscup were called up.

Expect La Stella to split time with Starlin Castro at second base while it looks like Chris Coghlan will move back to the outfield after a short spell at second base.

La Stella has been out for a good portion of the season with an oblique problem, but is now good to go.

Both Soler and Motte will be eligible for the Cubs postseason roster should they hold on to their second Wild Card spot which they currently have.

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