The Florida State League suspended Chicago Cubs top outfield prospect Jorge Soler five games after an on-field incident Wednesday night during a game between Class A Daytona and Clearwater.
Soler and Clearwater’s Edgar Alonso exchanged words at second after Soler slid into the base. Teammates came out to separate them, and everyone headed back to the dugouts. But Soler came sprinting back out of the dugout – bat in hand – and toward the Clearwater dugout.
Cubs President Theo Epstein said he spoke to Soler on Thursday morning over the phone through an interpreter.
“Jorge is tremendously remorseful about what happened. He understands what he did was wrong. He didn’t sleep all night, up all night thinking about it. Very apologetic. He understands this can’t happen again,” Epstein said. “Something was said about Jorge’s family, and that’s when he lost his cool. But he understands, and we agree, that is not an excuse for what happened. He has to find a way to better manage his emotions on the field.”
The Cuban outfielder has a 9-year, $30 million contract.