Cubs shut down Rafael Soriano with shoulder injury

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This isn’t how the Cubs envisioned things going when they signed Rafael Soriano to a one-year, $4 million deal.

First he struggled, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings after sitting out most of the first half of the season waiting for free agent offers that never arrived, and now after making six appearances he’s headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has talked repeatedly about how important he feels getting Soriano on track is to the bullpen–when Chicago signed him a move into the closer role seemed very possible–but now the 35-year-old right-hander figures to be sidelined until September.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.