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.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.