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Cubs get Jorge Soler back from ankle sprain

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As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …

Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.

Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.

Video: Kris Bryant hits a grand slam as part of a two-homer, six-RBI night

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It had been nearly two weeks since Kris Bryant last homered. Coincidentally, it was a two-homer performance against the Dodgers on June 22. Bryant got back on the board in a big way on Saturday night against the Marlins.

The Cubs’ third base prospect drilled a two-run home run to left-center in the first inning off of Jarred Cosart to start the scoring in the first inning. He tacked on with a grand slam in the second inning to chase Cosart from the game.

Bryant, 23, now has 12 home runs with 49 RBI and a .278/.381/.486 triple-slash line.

Marlins option Jarred Cosart to Triple-A, will activate Michael Morse on Sunday

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant may have single-handedly resulted in Marlins starter Jarred Cosart’s demotion to Triple-A following Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field. Cosart lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Six of those runs came on two Kris Bryant home runs: a two-run shot in the first inning, and a grand slam in the second. Cosart also issued a bases-loaded walk to Dexter Fowler.

Cosart has been hampered by a hamstring injury and a bout with vertigo during the season. Saturday’s start was only his ninth of the season. He heads to Triple-A New Orleans, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, ahead of the Marlins’ activation of Michael Morse, which will come on Sunday. Morse has been sidelined since May 23 with a sprained finger and also suffered a back injury during his rehab, slowing his return.

Cubs place David Ross on 7-day concussion disabled list

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 25: David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs works behind the plate during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on June 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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According to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, the Cubs have placed veteran catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Ross has been dealing with symptoms since he took a ball of his mask during Wednesday’s game against the Mets.

The Cubs have called up Taylor Teagarden to take Ross’ spot on the active roster. Teagarden, who has previously appeared in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mets, was batting .294/.375/.437 with four home runs and 19 RBI over 43 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. Many Cubs fans would surely like to see Kyle Schwarber rather than Teagarden, but the team clearly feels like he needs more work with his catching in the minors.

Ross, 38, is batting .189/.302/.284 over 87 plate appearances this season. He suffered two concussions with the Red Sox in 2013 and missed a large chunk of the second half before playing a significant role during the team’s World Series run.

Video: Anthony Rizzo slid sneakily into third base

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This is a pretty cool demonstration of body control, especially for a big slugger like Anthony Rizzo.

Watch the leg go out and then back in and then back out again, avoiding the tag:

 

Most amazing part: the ump, despite likely not seeing plays like this too terribly often, got the call right on the field.