Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler, who leads all NL rookies with 50 hits, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left ankle injury.
Soler might be ready to return as soon as he's eligible, Manager Joe Maddon said. Soler played in every game until he was hurt when he stepped on first base awkwardly trying to beat out a grounder Monday against the Marlins.
Junior Lake started in right field for the second game in a row Wednesday, and Maddon said he'll be interested to see who emerges in Soler's absence.
“Am I concerned? No,” Maddon said. “Am I curious? Yes. Different guys are going to get an opportunity now.”
One of them will be outfielder Mike Baxter, who was recalled from triple-A Iowa 24 hours after being sent down.
Soler is batting .265 with four homers and 19 RBIs.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery next week to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe.
The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles for minor league right-hander Joe Gunkel. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Boston transferred right-hander Brandon Workman from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.