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22-16 5-5 W1
19-19 5-5 W1
16-19 4-6 L3
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2022 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
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OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .204 2 11 .554 0

Top Javier Baez News

  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Gets day off

    Baez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.

    According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Baez's absence from the lineup is a scheduled off day for the 29-year-old. Since returning April 24 from a stint on the injured list due to a thumb issue, Baez started in each of the Tigers' last 17 games and slashed .200/.243/.300 over that stretch. Harold Castro fills in for Baez at shortstop in the series finale.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Drives in lone run Friday

    Baez went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Dodgers.

    Baez had a third of Detroit's six hits and drove in the team's only run Friday. The Tigers are struggling at 6-13 overall, and their 59 total runs are tied for the fewest in the league, so Baez hasn't been in a productive lineup so far. The shortstop is still doing his part with a .282/.317/.487 slash line and nine RBI across 10 games played.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Leads offense Tuesday

    Baez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    The Twins scored two in the ninth inning for a walkoff, 5-4 victory, but Baez did all he could to give the Tigers a win as he crushed a three-run home run in the eighth. The shortstop is now up to two home runs and eight RBI across only seven games, to go along with an outstanding .972 OPS. Baez has certainly hit the ground running with his new team.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Activated, batting third Sunday

    The Tigers reinstated Baez (thumb) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Rockies in Detroit. He'll start at shortstop and bat third in the series finale, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.

    Baez was sidelined for just one day beyond the minimum amount of time on the IL with the sore right thumb, an injury that first surfaced April 13. Even though Baez wasn't sent out on a rehab assignment prior to being activated, the Tigers shouldn't have much hesitation about deploying him on an everyday basis now that he's back in action. Baez's return will likely leave fewer at-bats to go around for Harold Castro and Willi Castro.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Eyeing Sunday return

    Baez (thumb) is hoping to return Sunday against the Rockies, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Saturday was the earliest he reportedly could have returned, but he will miss both games of the twin bill. He will take batting practice on the field in preparation for a return Sunday. Harold Castro will start at shortstop in his absence.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Making good progress

    Baez (thumb) ran, hit and threw Friday and could return from the injured list sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Baez appeared in just five games for his new team before hitting the IL with a sore right thumb. He's eligible to return Saturday, and it appears as though that's in play as a potential return date, but the Tigers still aren't sure whether or not he'll need another few days to heal.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Swelling in thumb subsiding

    Baez (thumb) said that he expects to resume swinging a bat off a tee Thursday, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.

    With Baez indicating that the swelling in his right thumb has gone down since being placed on the 10-day injured list last weekend, he appears ready to resume baseball activities. If Baez responds well to hitting off a tee, he could take batting practice Friday and put himself in position to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible Saturday.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Placed on 10-day IL

    Baez (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, retroactive to April 13.

    Baez had already been ruled out for the Tigers' final two matchups against Kansas City, and the team will ultimately elect to place him on the injured list since he hasn't made enough progress since aggravating his thumb injury. Since the move was backdated to Wednesday, the 29-year-old will be eligible to return as early as next weekend, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be able to do so. Harold Castro has filled in at shortstop recently and should continue to see additional playing time during Baez's IL stint.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Still not starting

    Baez (thumb) isn't starting Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Baez hurt his thumb while celebrating the Tigers' Opening Day win, and he aggravated the issue while swinging recently. His thumb remained swollen Friday, but X-rays were negative. The 29-year-old will be out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench. Harold Castro will remain at shortstop and bat ninth.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Won't start in series finale

    Baez (thumb) won't start in Sunday's series finale against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Baez was already out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup against Kansas City, and he'll be forced to miss a fifth straight game Sunday. The Tigers have a scheduled off day Monday, and the team is strongly considering an IL stint for Baez if he isn't feeling better by then. Harold Castro should continue to fill in at shortstop while Baez is out.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Thumb X-rays negative

    Baez's thumb remains swollen Friday, but X-rays were negative so he could be available Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    Baez said Friday that he initially jammed his thumb while celebrating the Tigers' Opening Day win and that the issue got worse following a recent swing. He's been scratched from the lineup both Wednesday and Thursday and will be unavailable again Friday against the Royals, but his absence could be nearing its end if his thumb responds well to treatment.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Won't play Friday

    Baez (thumb) will not be in Friday's lineup against the Royals, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    Baez was originally in the lineup Thursday, though he experienced discomfort in his thumb and was subsequently scratched. He'll focus on treatment Friday, with the potential for a Saturday return. Harold Castro started at shortstop and hit eighth in Baez's absence, and he is likely to occupy the same position Friday.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Late scratch Thursday

    Baez was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals due to right thumb soreness.

    Baez was initially slated to return to action Thursday, but he'll ultimately be a late scratch for a second consecutive day. Harold Castro will start at shortstop and bat eighth, while Baez should be considered day-to-day.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Starting Thursday

    Baez (thumb) is starting Thursday's game against the Royals.

    Baez was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against Boston due to right thumb soreness, but he'll be back in action following a one-game absence. In his first five appearances this year, he's gone 6-for-19 with a homer, a double, four RBI, a walk and four strikeouts.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Injury considered minor

    Manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday that he's hopeful Baez (thumb) will be able to return to game action as early as Thursday against the Royals, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Baez was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Red Sox due to right thumb soreness that occurred when he got jammed in Tuesday's loss. He received treatment Wednesday, and Hinch is hopeful that Baez's absence is "just a one-day thing." If the 29-year-old is forced to miss any additional time, Harold Castro will likely continue to fill in at shortstop.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scratched with sore thumb

    The Tigers scratched Baez from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox due to right thumb soreness, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Harold Castro will enter the lineup as a replacement for Baez, starting at shortstop and batting sixth. The Tigers haven't suggested that Baez's injury is a major concern, so he can be considered day-to-day heading into Thursday's series opener in Kansas City.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Hits first Detroit home run

    Baez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

    Baez looks comfortable with his new team, as he has started 5-for-15 across his first four games, and he now has his first home run of the young season. The home run was a big one too, as it broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning and propelled Detroit to victory. The shortstop has been batting third for the Tigers and should continue to see plenty of chances to produce from the heart of the order.

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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Two hits in team debut

    Baez went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    It was a mixed bag for Baez in his Detroit debut, as he also struck out twice and left four runners on base. The shortstop can be streaky at times, but he should see ample playing time and will have plenty of chances to produce in the middle of the order. Last season with the Cubs, Baez slashed .265/.319/.494 with 31 home runs and 87 RBI.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Age: 29
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R