Good news for one Cubs rookie, bad news for another


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CHICAGO – One Cubs rookie received the first honor of a potentially long and successful career with the Cubs.

Another had perhaps his biggest setback to date.

Outfield Jorge Soler was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle which he suffered in Monday’s win over the Marlins. Utility player Mike Baxter will take his place on the roster.

Soler, still classified as a rookie despite playing late in the 2014 season, is batting .265 with 4 home runs and 19 runs batted in. He leads all rookies with 50 hits this season.

On the flip side is third baseman Kris Bryant, who received the first award of his major league career when he was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month.

Bryant had seven homers and 22 runs batted in during the month of May while also batting .265. He’s the third Cubs’ rookie to have 20-or-more RBI in a month, joining Bob Speake (1955) and Ernie Banks (1954). Since being called up in April, Bryant is batting .273 with 33 RBI in 42 games.

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