The Cubs' struggling offense might be getting a boost over the next couple days.
Rookie outfielder Jorge Soler is close to finishing up his rehab assignment, and the Cubs have not ruled out a possible return from the disabled list Sunday.
"We're talking about it right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Saturday's game at Wrigley Field. "It could be very, very soon, but it's not going to be today."
Soler has been on the shelf since June 1 with an ankle injury and has played four rehab games with Triple-A Iowa, going 2-for-13 with three walks.
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"I don't worry about stats," Maddon said. "To me, it's a matter of being healthy and that he's seeing the ball, what does his timing look like, those are the kinds of things you're trying to get from the guys down there."
Soler was viewed as one of the top contenders for the National League Rookie of the Year coming into the year but struggled in the season's first two months with 67 strikeouts in 49 games. He hit .265 with a .724 OPS to go along with four homers and 19 RBIs, but those numbers are off the marks he posted during his 24-game stint in 2014 (.292 AVG, .903 OPS, five home runs, 20 RBIs).
The 23-year-old outfielder looked to be shaking out of his early-season slump a bit in May, hitting .288/.336/.423 for the month.
The Cubs offense has scored just 17 runs in the last 10 games and could use Soler's bat in the middle of the order behind Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.