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Cubs prospect Soler ejected after charging opponents’ dugout with bat
Cubs’ prospect Jorge Soler was ejected from the Daytona Cubs game Wednesday night after charging the opponent’s dugout with a bat following a bench-clearing incident, according to several reports from the game.
“It was kind of a nightmare,” Daytona manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News-Journal after the 14-9 loss to Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League game.
Soler, the 21-year-old Cuban defector who signed a nine-year, $30-million contract with the Cubs last summer, did not swing the bat, according to the newspaper, and teammates and at least one coach pulled him back to his own dugout.
“I think that he was frustrated by some things, and there was some emotional things he was fighting with,” Keller told the paper, without elaboration. “Why he did that, I don’t know.”
Soler is expected to be suspended by the league. It was not immediately clear what actions the Cubs would take.
Cubs officials were still gathering information late Wednesday night and had no comment, a team spokesman said.
The incident began on the bases, where the Soler may have been spiked by second baseman Carlos Alonso while turning a double play in the seventh inning.
The 6-foot-4 Soler apparently exchanged words with the 5-11 Alonso, resulting in the benches clearing, without punches being thrown.
“I think he was frustrated by what happened,” Keller told the paper. “When he slid into second base, [Alonso] ended up laying on top of him. So [Soler] pushed with his arm to get him off, and I think the second baseman interpreted that the wrong way like he wanted to fight or something.
“There were two separate incidents, and there was really no fight. But because nobody was around him when he was running across the field with a bat … that makes things a little bit crazy.”