Jorge Soler unlikely to play again this season

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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday that highly-touted outfield prospect Jorge Soler is unlikely to play in another game this season for High-A Daytona because he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a fractured left fibula.

Daytona’s regular season schedule ends September 1 and Soler is not doing any baseball activities.

The 21-year-old Cuban defector hit .281/.343/.467 with eight home runs, five steals and 35 RBI in 55 games this summer in the Florida State League and has batted .288/.353/.465 with 13 homers, 17 steals and 60 RBI in 89 total minor league games since signing a nine-year, $30 million contract last June.

Soler could participate in the Arizona Fall League this October if he is feeling up to it.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.