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• Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was assigned to the Cubs instructional league and not the Arizona Fall League after playing 14 games in the Rookie League and another 20 with Class A Peoria.

"We feel he's at a point in his development where he needs a lot of instruction," said Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. "He hasn't played a ton of quote-unquote organized baseball. It's not a question of talent. It's a good chance to get one-on-one instruction.

"There are some small mechanical adjustments we want him to make with his swing, with his stride and a little bit of where he starts his hands, loads his hands," Epstein said of Soler, who batted .338 with Peoria. "Those type of adjustments are better made with the club's supervision and one-on-one environment."

• Anthony Rizzo will hold his first "Walk Off for Cancer" benefit on Dec. 9 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, Fla. It's the first major event for the newly created Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. For more information, go to www.Rizzo44.com.

• Adrian Cardenas and Darwin Barney visited patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Wednesday. They stopped by the oncology floor and signed Cubs hats and posed for photos. Later, Barney went to the new Ronald McDonald House. Cardenas made an appearance on their SkyTV Network, an in-house television network which is shown to all the rooms at the hospital.

• Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was assigned to the Cubs instructional league and not the Arizona Fall League after playing 14 games in the Rookie League and another 20 with Class A Peoria.

"We feel he's at a point in his development where he needs a lot of instruction," said Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. "He hasn't played a ton of quote-unquote organized baseball. It's not a question of talent. It's a good chance to get one-on-one instruction.

"There are some small mechanical adjustments we want him to make with his swing, with his stride and a little bit of where he starts his hands, loads his hands," Epstein said of Soler, who batted .338 with Peoria. "Those type of adjustments are better made with the club's supervision and one-on-one environment."

• Anthony Rizzo will hold his first "Walk Off for Cancer" benefit on Dec. 9 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, Fla. It's the first major event for the newly created Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. For more information, go to www.Rizzo44.com.

• Adrian Cardenas and Darwin Barney visited patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Wednesday. They stopped by the oncology floor and signed Cubs hats and posed for photos. Later, Barney went to the new Ronald McDonald House. Cardenas made an appearance on their SkyTV Network, an in-house television network which is shown to all the rooms at the hospital.