Soler Suspended Five Games For Bat Incident
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(CBS) Top Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has been suspended five games for charging at an opposing team’s dugout with a bat during Single-A Daytona’s game against Clearwater on Wednesday night.
Reports indicate after Soler slid into second base in the seventh inning, he exchanged words with Clearwater’s Edgar Alonso, causing both benches to clear.
After the confrontation, Soler grabbed a bat and charged at the opposing team’s dugout where he had to be restrained by teammates.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said he spoke with an apologetic Soler on Thursday morning.
“Jorge is tremendously remorseful about what happened,” Epstein said. “He understands what he did was wrong. He didn’t sleep all night, up all night thinking about it. Very apologetic. He understands this can’t happen again,” said Epstein, who talked to the media at Wrigley Field before the punishment was announced.
The Cubs signed Soler, a Cuban defector, to a nine-year contract worth $30 million last season.
“I think that he was frustrated by some things and there was some emotional things he was fighting with,” Daytona manager Dave Keller told the Dayton Beach News Journal after the game.