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.

  • abe


    The placement of this post is off centered. The blue surrounding the picture only starts by the A in the word Nation in logo on top. I am using chrome..

  • abe

    This problem is only on the main page not on this page..

  • DarthHater

    Testing new comment system

    • ssckelley

      We’re sorry, you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service…………..

  • ssckelley

    Soler cannot seem to catch a break. What is with these hamstring injuries with him? Is he not drinking enough fluids, not stretching, what the heck???

  • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

    The Disqus system is now in place for commenting. I’m still working on some bugs (like the comments on all past posts are currently hidden.

    • DarthHater

      Testing Disqus comment (and edit feature) (OMG it works! WOOHOO!!!)

    • ssckelley

      testing 1 2

    • roz77

      The only thing I noticed is that this story’s box on the main page says that there are 0 comments when there are at least 3.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

        Yup. Thanks. Hmm …

        • Revery

          That is happening on MLBTR too. I read somewhere on the interwebs that it has something do with the introduction of the lag by disqus.

        • Jp

          About the actual problem with Soler, anyone worried yet that he’s injured rather frequently? I realize he can’t help it and it’s not a toughness issue but some peoples bodies just don’t hold up well.

    • Fishin Phil

      Looks nice Bert, now go massage Jorge’s hamstring for a couple of hours, then you can have the rest of the day off.

  • CubFan Paul

    Testes Testes..

    • Johnny Five

      1, 2… 3?

      • SirCub

        You should probably go see a doctor…

  • 5412

    Hi Brett,

    I went to sign up and it said I already had an account. Well I guess I can post. The tooth fairy must have created the account.


    • DarthHater

      Did the Tooth Fairy also tell you your password?

  • college_of_coaches

    I’ve just edited my comment, and then voted for it! I think disqus is going to make things quite interesting around here.

  • Rick

    Interesting new Layout thanks for all your work Brett

  • Jason P

    I’ve gotta say, it looks great. Stinks about Soler, though.

  • Guest

    pic testing

    • ssckelley

      haha, so if you delete a post it reappears as a “Guest”.

  • ssckelley

    upload my own pics…now how to post them?

    • ssckelley

      ok, so pictures take a little bit to show up….kinda neat

      • DarthHater

        I think the pictures don’t show up until you refresh your screen. At any rate, they do show up as soon as you do refresh the screen – at least for me.

    • Darth Ivy

      BRETT- ssckelley found your new picture for Busch Stadium

    • DarthHater

      That is extremely awesome.

      • ssckelley

        Actually it is, my kids could stop bitching about not having their own room. They could just have their own trailer.

  • Coach K

    Soler needs to take some yoga classes or something! Limber up kid!

    • Jp

      China doll

  • Twinkletoez

    Testing Disqus… Took me about 5 min to feel comfortable with the new layout, think it is going to work out great.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Good lord. I think I might file Soler under “see you when we see you” and not pay any attention to his story until then. Otherwise this will continue to be a really frustrating narrative. I can’t image how pissed off he is.

  • ssckelley

    Recent comments disappeared…you tinkering with stuff Brett or did I screw something up on my end?

    • abe915

      Testing 123 testing 123

  • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

    So, does this show up in recent comments? …

    • Norm

      This did, but I can’t click on it *IN* the “Recent Comments” section to get to it. Have to manually find it.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

        It appears that there’s no way to get it to go directly to the comment within Disqus. I’ll add it to the list.

    • ssckelley

      It does but it seems to lag behind. Plus when I click on the comment it will take me to the article but not straight to the comment like it used to.

      • ssckelley

        Also it appears replies to comments do not show up on the recent.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

          They do. I think it’s just the lag.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

        I think the lag is unavoidable. But I’ll research it.

  • dkap24

    Boo to this story

    EDIT: YAY to edits!

  • Steve

    Just get it overwith. We all know he’s going to have to have Tommy John on this hamstring.

  • PejaO42

    This will lower my work productivity quite a bit…

    • Jim


  • Darth Ivy

    So, anyway, that bunt-homer last night was pretty cool.

    (Nice, we can edit now!…and of course this is my most grammatically accurate comment ever)

  • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

    Testing the comment, and yeah Solar is cursed

    • college_of_coaches

      To be clear, I only voted for the first part of your comment, not the second. ;-)

  • Smitty

    Love the new layout, but I’m noticing that some of the comments are chronologically out of order. Not the replies, but the actual comments.

    Liking it quite a bit though!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

      That’s a Disqus setting – look above the avatar/comment box, and you can choose to sort the comments however you want. Pretty neat.

      • ssckelley

        You might want to consider making that a bullet. It took me a while to figure that part out so the comments were confusing to me until I seen this comment on how to sort it.

      • Smitty

        Wow, love that aspect. Liking this more and more.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

    Ok. I’ve got to turn to writing now for a while. If you notice additional issues with the site/commenting, please include them in reply to this comment, if possible, and I’ll get to them later.

    • DarthHater

      Brett, my avatar seems to be kicking in and out. It was gone for a while. Now it’s back.

    • DarthHater

      Boo, lack of recent comments!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

        I believe I now know what the issue is. Fixing it, however …

        • DarthHater

          Hope it’s fixable. That would be a major loss, imo.

        • DarthHater


    • kgd

      very, very, very minor cosmetic thing: in the Post Categories section at the bottom, the dropdown box large enough that it’s nearly spilling over into the Site Archives section. Checked in Firefox and IE11 with various window sizes.

  • Steve Ontiveros’ Mustache

    New site layout… new comments system… that must mean its time for a new picture of Steve Ontiveros’ Mustache!

  • D3Vike11

    I like the new look Brett. Still not buying that hamburgers though.

  • D3Vike11

    I like the new look, Brett. Still not buying the hamburgers though.

  • Darth Ivy
  • TK

    Something is wrong with this guy. Whether its uncontrollable, or something he’s “doing,” it is not normal to have so many issues, especially at his age. Cubs need to plan the future with no expectations regarding Soler – if he does end up becoming something, then great! Otherwise, lets plan on another RF in 2015 and beyond.

  • 1ski

    Wow this is nice brett.

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