Cubs call up OF Almora Jr., place OF Soler on 15-day DL

Almora (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and selected the contract of Albert Almora Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Almora, who will wear No. 5, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series in Philadelphia.

The 22-year-old was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Mater Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.  In five pro seasons with the Cubs, Almora has batted .292 (442 for 1,516) with 94 doubles, 16 triples, 23 home runs and 178 RBI in 379 minor-league contests.

Almora began the 2016 campaign by reaching the Triple-A level for the first time in his career and has batted .318 (68 for 214) with 12 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 54 games. His 10 stolen bases already represent the most he has recorded in a single season, while his .335 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage are his best marks since playing in Low-A ball three years ago.

The right-handed batter and thrower spent his first full season with Double-A Tennessee last year, batting .272 (110-for-405) with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 46 RBI in 106 games.

Soler, 24, is batting .223 (29 for 130) with five doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 50 games for the Cubs this season.

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