After missing about a month while on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler has been activated. He will be available off the bench for the series finale in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, but should be back in the lineup this weekend when the Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals.
Soler is in his first full big league season, but has spent a good amount of time on the disabled list. Back in June, Soler was battling a sprained ankle. He last played on August 24 and before that was hitting .265 with seven home runs and a .710 OPS in 90 games played.
With the Cubs getting Soler back in the fold, they are back at full strength on offense and it will be curious to see how manager Joe Maddon configures his lineup here in the home stretch of the regular season. Kyle Schwarber and Chris Coghlan have been occupying the corner outfield spots as of late and Chicago also acquired outfielder Austin Jackson to help with their depth, especially from the right side of the plate.
There are so many options because before Soler went down, Coghlan was getting some time at second base with Starlin Castro riding the bench. Now because of September call-ups, the Cubs also have Javier Baez in the middle infield which could mean because of all this shuffling that Soler’s role could become part time.
Joe Maddon has a lot of toys to tinker with now and if they want to catch the Pirates in the Wild Card or maybe even the Cardinals for the division, Maddon will have to put the best players he can on the field consistently.