One of the Chicago Cubs top prospects was injured during the first game of the 2014 Minor League season.
Outfielder Jorge Soler strained his right hamstring in his first outing with the Tennessee Smokies. Soler was placed on the disabled list for most of the 2013 Minor League campaign last year after suffering a stress fracture in his left tibia. At first Theo Epstein and company thought he would be back by the end of the year, but that just wasn’t the case.
Soler was able to fight his way back and joined the 2014 Chicago Cubs for Cactus League play. He appeared in only nine games during the Spring and picked up just one hit. One of his two hits was an RBI triple against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Cubs later optioned Soler and a handful of prospects to Double-A Tennessee.
Now according to Carrie Muskat, Jorge Soler is close to returning to action for the Tennessee Smokies. He’s been playing some extended Spring Training games.
Soler was ranked in Baseball America’s top 50 prospects at number 41.