Cubs attempt to 're-program' Soler


CHICAGO -- After hamstring issues in both his legs forced Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler to miss much of this season, the team gave him a "full body assessment," in order to prevent a chronic situation, according to team president Theo Epstein.

"We discovered there may be some ways to sort of re-program his posture and muscle distribution on his body posterior and anterior to (change) the way his feet work and hit the ground," Epstein said on Friday. "There are some small adjustments we can make to prevent it from happening again and becoming a chronic thing."

Soler has been limited to 10 games at Double-A Tennessee after injuring one hamstring at the end of spring training and then another with the Smokies. He's been rehabbing in Arizona ever since.

"If it continues to go well it won't be long before he's back in Tennessee," Epstein said.

Epstein said there are no "soft tissue" issues with Soler and they're hoping this new approach will keep him healthy. But he admits there are no guarantees.

"We're trying to get ahead of (it)," Epstein said. "His balance and posture could be better, and we hope our guys have gotten to the bottom of it."

Soler signed nine-year, $30 million deal in 2012 but has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons. Last year he missed time due to a foot problem while this year it's been his hamstrings. He has 13 hits, one home run and 11 RBIs in 34 at-bats this season.