Jorge Soler leaves game with side tightness

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The Cubs trotted out the pupu platter lineup this afternoon, what with today’s game coming after a late night division clinch. One of the few regulars in the lineup was Jorge Soler. Bad luck for him: he left the game with tightness in his side.

The concern, of course, would be that it’s an oblique, which can linger for a few weeks. The Cubs have some time before the playoffs, but not the 4-6 weeks more severe oblique strains can set someone back for. Here’s hoping it’s not serious.

Soler had one at bat in this game. On the year he’s hitting .234/.336/.448 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. He’s done better than that, however, since coming off the DL in mid-August.

 

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.