Minors report: Soler hurt, Bryant homers


CHICAGO -- Opening day didn't go well for Chicago Cubs Double-A prospect Jorge Soler as he left Thursday night's game against Pensacola after re-injuring his left hamstring running out a double in his first at-bat.

"We'll probably get an MRI [Friday] and see how it is," general manager Jed Hoyer said Friday morning from Wrigley Field.

Soler was slowed near the end of spring training with the sore hamstring and Hoyer indicated he may have rushed himself back to be available on Opening Day.

Soler signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in 2012 but was slowed by a foot injury last season. He's ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB.com.

Bryant homers: In the same game that Soler left due to his injury, Kris Bryant, the second pick of the 2013 draft, homered in his first at-bat of the season. He went deep off Cincinnati Reds starter Matt Latos, who was making a rehab start.

"It was nice he did it against a big-leaguer," Hoyer said.

Latos beaned Bryant later in the game while the slugger also walked, struck out and scored two runs.

Baez debuts: Top prospect Javier Baez started his stint at Triple-A Iowa with a walk and two strikeouts and made an error.

The Cubs plan to be patient with him.

"I don't see us wavering on that one," Hoyer said. "He does have development left. We told him 'Go dominate Iowa.' If (he) dominates Iowa and Triple-A (he) puts the pressure on us."

Former No. 1 pick Josh Vitters homered for Iowa and starter Chris Rusin lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs.