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Call-ups affected by playoff race

8/13/2014

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs haven't decided who they will call up from Triple-A Iowa or when as the calendar inches towards September. The playoff race in the minors will have an effect on those decisions.

"In a situation where we're not in a pennant race, they've worked hard down there. We don’t want to raid them and leave them with nothing," general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday afternoon. "That will be a consideration. If your big-league club is in the pennant race that's the only consideration, but it’s a little different in this situation."

The Iowa Cubs had a one-game lead in the Pacific Coast League American North Division heading into play on Wednesday evening. Their regular season ends on Sept. 1 and the playoffs would not be complete until mid-September allowing for few major league games for call-ups if Iowa went all the way.

"Pretty big discussion we're having right now," Hoyer said.

Hoyer indicated nothing has changed for slugging third baseman Kris Bryant. He won't be making it to Wrigley Field this season. But fans can still expect outfielder Jorge Soler to debut, it's just a matter of when. Either way, the Cubs will call up a few pitchers come September to bolster their staff.

The Cubs are also debating who will play in the Arizona Fall League this October and November. Soler and top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards are both candidates after missing time this year because of injuries.