PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Cubs left fielder Jorge Soler suffered a left hamstring injury in Monday's 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.
Soler hurt himself sprinting down the line in the third inning after a single to left field against Phillies starter Adam Morgan. Manager Joe Maddon and athletic trainer PJ Mainville came out of the dugout to check on Soler after he crouched beside the first-base bag in obvious discomfort. He walked off the field and was replaced by pinch runner Matt Szczur.
"Once I heard 'hammy' running down to first base, I said, 'You're done. Let's go. Come on,'" Maddon said. "There's nothing to debate there. Hamstrings are nasty and he's had a history, so we got him out of there."
Soler, 24, has played a more prominent role than expected in Chicago's outfield since Kyle Schwarber went down with a season-ending knee injury in April. He is hitting .223 with a .699 OPS, five home runs and 13 RBIs in 130 at-bats this season but had been swinging the bat better of late, with a .318 batting average over his previous 17 games. He had a hit in both of his at-bats Monday.
Soler said he felt something in his hamstring about two steps before reaching the first-base bag. He had previously suffered strains to his right and left hamstrings in the minor leagues during the 2014 season.
"It's not too serious compared to what I've felt before, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow when we get the MRI," Soler said through Cubs coach and translator Henry Blanco. "It's frustrating. I've been feeling better and coming around at the plate. Hopefully it's nothing serious.''
The Cubs received an additional scare in the eighth inning when center fielder Dexter Fowler was hit in the hand by a 91 mph fastball from Phillies reliever Andrew Bailey, but Fowler remained in the game.