Baez has a 4.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP after pitching 21 innings across 23 games this season. While Baez is once again striking out batters at a rate above 10 K/9, his play has regressed in some critical areas. His control has gone down, as Baez's BB/9 is up to 3.00 from last season's mark of 1.94, but the most concerning facet of his game is how frequently he's giving up home runs. Coming off a 2015 season where he allowed just four home runs in 51 innings, Baez has already given up five in less than half as many innings, giving him a HR/9 of 2.14.
Baez tossed a scoreless inning en route to a hold in Colorado on Friday night. He was hit in the head by an errant throw in the bullpen earlier this week, but Baez cleared concussion protocol and was deemed fit to return to game action Friday night.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Baez (head) passed the concussion protocol, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Multiple contrary reports surfaced Thursday regarding Baez's injury status, but it appears that there's now a definitive ruling on the right-hander's head injury, and thankfully it's good news. It's unclear if he'll be able to pitch in Thursday's game, but avoiding a concussion still bodes well for Baez in the near future.
Contrary to a previous report, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that the Dodgers' medical staff has not yet ruled out a concussion for Baez, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports. Baez told another Dodgers reporter Thursday that he was available to pitch and felt fine, but apparently he was not completely forthcoming. His status should be updated later in the day, but those in daily leagues should be prepared for him to not pitch in Thursday's game.
Baez (head) said he is available to pitch Thursday, the Southern California News Group's J.P. Hoornstra reports. He was accidentally hit on the head by a baseball in the bullpen Wednesday, but a concussion has been ruled out and he said he feels fine. The hard-throwing righty has nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings, and while he won't be getting saves in the foreseeable future, he could be useful in deeper leagues for his strikeouts and ratios.