By Bruce Levine–
CHICAGO (CBS) — The slow start by outfielder Jorge Soler has been a bit of concern for the Cubs so far in the early going. As so much has gone well for the team in a 25-8 start, the hitting struggles of Soler and outfielder Jason Heyward stand out more than usual.
On Friday ahead of the opener of a three-game series against the Pirates, both Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and manager Joe Maddon tempered questions about Soler and his bad start.
The 24-year-old Soler entered Friday hitting .175 with two homers, six RBIs and a .536 OPS in 80 at-bats this season.
“This is were he belongs,” Epstein retorted when asked about a possible short minor league assignment. “He is playing today. He is playing his third game in a row. He is getting at-bats on a fairly consistent basis. There will be ebbs and flows to the season where the matchups dictate a few games off in a row. That does not mean Joe or the front office has given up on him.”