News has come out Thursday that the touted Jorge Soler will miss between several weeks due to a stress fracture in his leg. The outfield prospect had fouled a ball off of his left shin two weeks ago and has not played for Daytona since. When the right handed hitter was still not healthy enough to return after his minor league disabled list stint, he was examined by the Major League team doctors on Wednesday. It was then where he was diagnosed with a stress fracture. The healing process will require four to six weeks in a walking boot alone before Soler can even start to think about getting back into game shape.
Mar 16, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (68) stands in the dugout prior to a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at HoHoKam stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
The unfortunate timing of the injury also means that he will miss being show cased at the Futures Game on July 14th, part of the All Star Game weekend festivities in New York. The Cuban had flashed his power stroke and ability hit, currently sitting with a .281 average and eight long balls. The injury also represents the latest set back for the promising outfielder. Fans across baseball may recall Soler making headlines in April, when a bench clearing brawl led to the six foot three inch beast approaching the opposing team’s dugout welding a baseball bat. Thankfully for Cubs fans and Soler, the Cuban did not strike any players with the bat, but the threatening action led to the Cubs prospect being suspended for five games.
Soler also made minor local news when he was benched for not hustling in a game. The teaching moment at the time was a visible reflection of the new “Cubs Way” that Theo Epstein and Company are trying to instill in the organization from the farm system up. While Soler is still a ways off from making a Yoenis Cespedes or Yasiel Puig like splash onto the MLB scene, at just 21 years of age the outfield prospect still has age on his side in terms of reaching his potential and recovering from this injury.