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Jorge Soler

Cubs get Jorge Soler back from ankle sprain


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

Kris Bryant

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

Jarred Cosart

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.