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jorge soler peoria chiefs cubsIf you’re just catching up, Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler got into some trouble last night after dashing out of his dugout toward the opponent dugout with a bat in hand. The details of the incident are here and here, so I won’t re-hash them.

Today, the Florida State League suspended Soler for five games (per Jesse Rogers), which is definitely on the lighter side for what I would have expected. It’s possible the Cubs will levy additional punishment, but it’s also possible that, when everyone examined exactly what happened – and not what was written third and fourth-hand about it – cooler heads decided that it was a serious, but not grievous offense.

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein is addressing the media about the incident, and said media is Tweeting feverishly. Here’s a quick summary of Theo’s comments:

All in all, it sounds like what you were hoping to hear today. The young man screwed up badly, and he’s going to be punished for it. From there, we move on and hope nothing even resembling it happens again.

UPDATE: Gordon Wittenmyer says that although Soler was also fined an undisclosed amount by the FSL, no additional punishment is forthcoming from the Cubs. There’s your additional evidence that this probably wasn’t as big of a deal as it originally sounded, and the Cubs genuinely believe this is an out-of-character, probably-not-ever-going-to-happen-again kind of thing. Also: don’t talk about a guy’s family. Just don’t.

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