Cubs' injury woes continue with All-Star Javier Baez sidelined by thumb fracture

Tanya Simon
September 11, 2019

The Cubs are already missing two-time All-Well-known person shortstop Javier Baez, who's out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

The prognosis for Baez was not immediately clear after an MRI revealed the break.

Baez suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He hasn't played since.

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He hit a home run Friday but made a key error at shortstop Saturday in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Brewers. He is hitting.281 with 29 home runs and 85 RBIs. "Middle-of-the-order guy and our shortstop". "We're going to miss him a lot, but like somebody said, 'One steps out, one steps in.' Of course, we're going to miss him and hopefully he recovers really soon". The Cubs are in the second NL wild-card spot, 2 games behind the Washington Nationals and 1.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. We have the utmost confidence he can play shortstop for us. "It's not like we're just a one man band". The left-hander scattered six hits and four walks in six shutout innings Tuesday, working out of three bases-loaded jams while striking out nine in Chicago's 6-1 victory over Seattle. After all the off-field issues that permeated throughout the winter and spring and into the regular season (including his month-long suspension to begin the year), he then had on-field issues by making mistakes on the basepaths and struggling to get into a rhythm offensively, prompting the Cubs to demote him to the minors in late July. Cubs are 3-0 in his final three starts.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the 8th inning, the Cubs worked the bases loaded against Junior Guerra.

Maddon said he's going to lean on his bench to keep the Cubs charging toward the NL playoffs. "He's capable. At this time of the year, I don't think he's been overplayed". Catcher Willson Contreras caught Shrimp as he grew to become and buckled over. But, he saved his greatest heroics for the end of the game. He fell to his knees, holding his head, but eventually was able to compose himself and walk to first base accompanied by Maddon and two trainers.

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