Soler takes first BP since spraining ankle

Cubs outfielder no longer wearing supportive boot; Olt begins rehab stint at Double-A

Soler takes first BP since spraining ankle

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, on the disabled list since June 3 with a left ankle sprain, took batting practice on the field Friday for the first time since he was sidelined. He is no longer wearing a supportive boot on his ankle.

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The Cubs also got good news regarding third baseman Mike Olt, who was to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Tennessee. Olt has been on the DL since April 15 because of a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

Olt's absence created an opening for rookie Kris Bryant, who was riding a 14-game hitting streak entering Friday's game against the Twins. Where Olt fits in the Cubs' plans is to be determined.

The Cubs do need reliever Neil Ramirez. The right-hander, on the DL since April 16 with inflammation in his shoulder, had a good outing for Tennessee on Wednesday, retiring all three batters he faced.

"We have a bunch of good little things going on right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.