Soler to begin rehab assignment with Iowa

Soler to begin rehab assignment with Iowa

ST. LOUIS -- Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle since June 3, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

"We were thinking about having Soler matriculate at Notre Dame, but instead we're sending him to the University of Iowa, and he'll be playing over there," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday.

The Cubs do have a Class A Minor League team in South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame is located.

Soler was batting .265 with four home runs in 49 games before he was injured. At that point, he was leading the National League in strikeouts, as well.

Maddon said they did not have a set number of games for Soler to play before he can be activated from the DL.

"There's no finish line, but I think he's not far off," Maddon said. "He's been taking a lot of [batting practice], done a lot of baseball activity."

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