Cubs place Soler, Motte on 15-day DL
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa in time for Monday's makeup game against the Cleveland Indians. La Stella was in the starting lineup at second base and batted sixth.
Soler, batting .265 with seven homers and 42 RBIs, has a left oblique strain and could miss up to a month. Motte, 8-1 with a 3.91 ERA and six saves, has a right shoulder strain and won't throw for seven to 10 days.
Both Soler and Motte appeared in Chicago's 9-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
Soler played right field and was replaced in the eighth inning, but manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't sure how or when Soler suffered the injury.
''I just know we took him out of the game and there was a little concern and it turned into this,'' Maddon said. ''It's an unpredictable injury.''
Motte, who leads all major league relievers in wins, threw 11 pitches in a perfect eighth. Before Monday's game, he said the shoulder felt ''funky'' after the outing and he had an MRI.
''We're hoping a couple of weeks of rest, get on a throwing program and hopefully get out there in a couple of weeks,'' Motte said. ''It wasn't crazy like a knife sticking in me the whole time.''
Motte had Tommy John surgery in 2013 after tying for the National League lead in saves - 42 with St. Louis - in 2012. Maddon said Motte's injury is ''nothing horrid.''
A deep bullpen is a big reason why the Cubs have won 20 of their past 25 games to surge into the postseason race. Maddon wants to make sure Motte is ready for the stretch run.
''I really don't like when bullpen guys get hurt,'' Maddon said. ''The last several years I spend more time thinking about the bullpen on a daily basis, even more than the lineup.''