Cubs' Baez Unlikely To Return In Regular Season

Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

670 The Score Staff
September 09, 2019 - 7:07 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs star shortstop Javier Baez is unlikely to return in the regular season after suffering a hairline fracture in his left thumb, the team told reporters in San Diego on Monday evening. 

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Baez will rehab the injury throughout September with an eye on returning for playoff action in October, should the Cubs advance that far. That approach was established after Baez on Monday visited a hand specialist, who confirmed the hairline fracture and that his ligament is stable.

Baez suffered the injury sliding headfirst into second base during the Cubs' loss against the Brewers on Sept. 1. An All-Star selection these last two seasons, Baez has posted a slash line of .281/.316/.532 with 29 home runs and 85 RBIs.

The Cubs have been hit hard by injuries at shortstop, as Addison Russell exited early in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday after getting hit in the head by a pitch. Russell is being evaluated for a concussion. With Baez and Russell out, the Cubs on Monday called up top prospect Nico Hoerner, who ended the season at Double-A. He will bat sixth and play shortstop in his MLB debut Monday evening.

The Cubs selected Hoerner in the first round of the 2018 amateur draft.

The Cubs' regular season is set to end Sept. 29. The National League wild-card game is set for Oct. 1, with the NL Division Series then beginning Oct. 3. The Cubs currently sit in the second wild-card spot, 1.5 games up on the Diamondbacks.