MIAMI – In the latest Cubs roster shuffle, the team recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Class AAA Iowa, and sent right-fielder Jorge Soler to have an MRI on an ankle he twisted in Monday’s game against the Marlins.
Whether Soler winds up on the DL likely depends on the MRI results that are expected Wednesday.
The rookie was hurt when he hit first base awkwardly on an inning-ending grounder in Monday’s fifth inning. He finished the game, but the left ankle worsened overnight.
Already playing with an underperforming, injury-impacted bench, the Cubs opted to make the Szczur move before Tuesday’s game, sending outfielder Mike Baxter (1-for-10 in two weeks with the club) back to Iowa.
With Soler out of the lineup Tuesday, Junior Lake played right field, and manager Joe Maddon juggled the middle of his order to compensate for the missing protection Soler provided.
Lake batted fourth, with Addison Russell moved from the ninth spot to sixth.
Against left-hander Brad Hand Maddon opted to put lefty hitting outfielder Chris Coghlan on the bench, moving Kris Bryant to left and playing Jonathan Herrera at third, batting ninth.