Baez (back) will start at shortstop and bat cleanup Wednesday against Cleveland. Baez was included in the Cubs' initial lineup for Tuesday's 3-2 loss, but the 28-year-old was ultimately scratched to receive more maintenance for his tight lower back. With an extra day of rest, Baez looks like he'll be good to go for the series finale. The fact that the Cubs are deploying him at shortstop rather than designated hitter seemingly implies some confidence in his health.
Baez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against Cleveland with lower-back tightness. The lineup released less than 30 minutes earlier had Baez returning from back tightness. However, manager David Ross said Baez is day-to-day and is not expected to require a stint on the injured list, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Baez (back) will start at shortstop and bat third Tuesday against Cleveland, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Baez was out of the lineup for Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates due to back tightness, but he felt well enough to make a late-inning pinch-hitting appearance. After a team off day Monday, Baez looks like he'll be good to go for the Cubs' five-game week. The fact that Chicago is deploying Baez in the field rather than at designated hitter in Cleveland implies that the team is comfortable with his health.
Baez (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates. The 28-year-old exited Saturday's contest with back tightness, and he'll receive two days to rest between Sunday and Monday's scheduled off day. Ildemaro Vargas will work at shortstop in the series finale in Baez's absence for Chicago.
Baez left Saturday's game against the Pirates with back tightness, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Baez went 1-for-3 at the plate prior to exiting with the injury. It doesn't sound like a particularly serious one, but the shortstop could still find himself on the bench for at least one game. The Cubs have an off day Monday, so he'll wind up with two consecutive days of rest if he sits out Sunday.
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