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Cubs' Javier Baez Not Expected Back For Home Opener

(CBS) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is unlikely to be activated for Monday's home opener, as originally expected, after he was hit by a pitch in a game while working his way back from a left thumb bruise at extended spring training in Arizona, the Tribune reported.

Baez has started the season on the 15-day disabled list. He hasn't played for several days since a pitch clipped his helmet in a game, setting back his rehab. Baez injured his left thumb in during spring training in March when he slid head first into a base.

The Cubs had been optimistic that Baez would be ready for Monday's contest against the Reds, but it's likely to be a longer wait now. His isn't the only injury the Cubs are dealing with, as left fielder Kyle Schwarber suffered a sprained left ankle in Thursday's win against the Diamondbacks. An MRI on Friday is expected to reveal more on Schwarber's injury and a timetable for his return.

Baez had been working as an outfielder during winter ball and in spring training as well, so if he gets healthy, he could figure into the mix to fill Schwarber's void. Baez hit .289 with a .733 OPS in 28 games with the Cubs in 2015.


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