jorge soler cubsJorge Soler can’t catch a break.

The 22-year-old outfield, who’d been killing the ball at AA, missed out on a great deal of game activity when he was 19-20 because of the defection process from Cuba. Then he missed a great deal of game time in 2013 because of a stress fracture in his leg. Then he missed a big chunk of Spring Training in 2014 with a hamstring injury. Then he returned to action only to re-injure that hamstring in his first at bat at AA this year.

And now he left last night’s game with another hamstring injury:

He played in just six games after his return this month from the previous hamstring injury.

Because it can be difficult to get really detailed information on minor league injuries, and because not everyone sees the games, I’m going to give you a more-detailed-than-usual take on how it played out.

Watching the play: Soler ranges far to his right to make a running catch, and as he does, you can perceive that he feels something. He throws the ball in (there was a runner on base), and then crumples immediately in a heap. He lays on his stomach motionless until the training staff gets out there. He turns over to a sitting position, and there’s discussion about what is bothering him. Soler doesn’t look like he’s in agony, but he does look frustrated. He’s helped up, and he walks off the field under his own power, but he does have a limp.

We’ll see what happens now, but it’s worth noting that, when he left the first game of the season, that, too, was with hamstring “tightness.” I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he’s getting another MRI, and that he’s going to miss some time regardless of the severity. It’s gotta be very frustrating to twice feel like you were over this thing, and twice have a setback. The last two times this happened, Soler missed about a month each time.

The hope here is that Soler had been instructed to be extremely sensitive to anything he feels in that hamstring, and he simply felt some non-injury-type tightness, causing him to go down as a matter of precaution. That seems like a stretch, but all we’ve got is hope at this point. The young man is obviously supremely talented, and you’d hate to see yet another season derailed because of injury.

We may get an update in the coming days.

  • SirCub

    This. Sucks.

  • Smitty


    My recent comments has completely stopped loading new comments, period. Is that another setting I need to change? A new comment has not shown up there since you replied to my previous message. I understand there is a lag, but over an hour seems like that takes the term recent out of play.

    Is anyone else having this problem?

  • Kyle Mayhugh

    He could have five hamstring injuries and he’d still be having the second-best season of our top prospects.

  • Dr. Sheppard

    He needs like many young people to lay off energy drinks, soda, gatorade, and dairy…then he needs to supplement with magnesium and get chirorpractic for a pelvic alignment to balance out his hamstrings…
    not massage, not ultrasound crap…

    • Brocktoon

      Pelvic alignment at a chriro to balance out his hamstring? Is there not an available witch doctor he could utilize?

  • Blaine Reinsma

    No… No… My positivity reserves are just too low to handle this. The prospects are the only real reason I follow this team right now. If Soler goes down again, Baez needs to pick it asap!

  • Coldneck

    Damn shame. I have high hopes for Soler. I guess being built like a brick shithouse can wreak havoc on your legs.

    • jtownballr

      *built like a straw shithouse

  • Jon

    He has to have a condition. Hammy’s shouldn’t consistently strain like this.

  • jtownballr

    This is CubsFaninMS. I’ll be developing a new alias but this is what I have for now (it’s very old btw). I was at the Smokies game last night. I grimaced when I saw Soler go down and was thinking “Not AGAIN!”. I did not realize who was injured until he begun walking off the field. Some more tidbits from a knowledgeable yet untrained eye…

    Silva does appear to be working counts better. When he played the Mississippi Braves last season he was hacking away at everything. He’s refined his approach some. Bryant delivered on his expectations. What a stud. And it’s a stunning contrast when you see Stephen Bruno next to Kris Bryant. Bryant is EVERY BIT of 6’5. He also looked to get cheated on one of his strikeouts with a call on the outside corner. He questioned the umpire about it. Rafael Lopez is completely locked in, working counts and driving pitches hard. Jeffrey Lorick’s curveball is very predictable as compared to his fastball. When he throws it, a savvy hitter will be able to pick up on it. I had a committee meeting today so was late for the game and was not able to see the first inning.

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