It was announced shortly after the impressive win against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon that Javier Baez broke his left ring finger and the initial diagnosis is that he will be out 4-8 weeks. Baez will be re-evaluated in a couple of days.
The Cubs have not said how long Baez is expected to be sidelined. It appears the report of him being out 4-8 weeks was premature.
Javier Baez left Sunday’s game at Principal Park in the seventh inning after sliding headfirst into second base on a stolen base attempt. Baez appeared to jam a finger or his wrist on the play. Baez went to the locker room with the Iowa’s trainer.
Javier Baez reportedly left the park and went to a local hospital for what was believed to be precautionary X-rays.
Javier Baez made his fifth straight start at third base Sunday and was in line to be promoted at some point over the next two weeks. The Cubs are looking for ways to add a bat to an offense that has been inconsistent at best over the last six weeks.
With Javier Baez on the disabled list, the Cubs will have to go another direction to add offense to the everyday lineup.
Javier Baez was 1-for-3 in Sunday’s game and had a .314/.386/.536 slash line in 37 games with seven doubles and eight home runs.
The Cubs liked the reports and what the front office saw from him at third base. And with the adjustments he made at the plate it appeared to be only a matter of time before he was back in the big leagues.
Will update as additional information is made available