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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

JorgeSolerJorge Soler returned to the lineup on Friday after spending two months on the disabled list rehabbing a left hamstring strain. He wasted no time before making an impact during his first game back, he hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the designated hitter in Friday night’s 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. “I just wanted to put a good swing on the ball,” Soler said. “I was happy to be called up and I came ready.” Soler spent the previous two weeks with Double-A Tennessee, where he was hitting .176 in 11 games. But he was 3-for-7 with a couple of runs scored over his past two games. Soler is batting .224 for the Cubs this season. “We wanted to get Jorge back up, with this being an American League game,” Joe Maddon said. With Soler back, right-hander Joe Nathan was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. “Nathan needs more time, and he didn’t work out immediately,” Maddon said. “I do believe he’s on the right track, but with the DH coming up, there are a lot of things to consider.”

Other Roster Moves: The Cubs placed right-handed starter Jason Hammel on the bereavement list on Wednesday and recalled right-handed reliever Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa. Hammel picked up his career-high 11th win last Tuesday against the Marlins. He was scheduled to start this Tuesday against the Angels at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will flip flop Hammel and John Lackey in the rotation as they give Hammel an extra day coming off the bereavement list. Now he’ll start on Wednesday while Lackey starts Tuesday. Newly-acquired reliever Joe Smith joined the team and Spencer Patton was sent back down to Triple-A Iowa.

Side Notes: Trevor Cahill could be in line to start one of the games in the August 16th day-night doubleheader against the Brewers. Cahill has been starting at Triple-A Iowa where he’s rehabbing a right knee injury.

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