Cubs shortstop prospect will miss four to eight weeks after suffering a fractured left ring finger during Sunday’s game with Triple-A Iowa, ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports. Baez was sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt when the injury occurred.
Baez, 22, was performing quite well with Iowa, batting .314/.387/.540 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 155 plate appearances. Given the lack of openings on the Cubs’ roster, Baez wouldn’t have necessarily been promoted anytime in the near future. A shortstop by trade, Baez can also play second and third base, but with Starlin Castro, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant, the Cubs weren’t exactly going to boot anyone off the boat to make room for Baez.
The Nationals promoted pitcher Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut at home on Saturday against the Cubs. Ross is the younger brother of Padres pitcher Tyson. The Padres were thoughtful enough to allow Ross to fly to Washington, D.C. so he could be in attendance for his brother’s debut, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.
Tyson got the win after holding the Reds to two runs over five innings on Friday night, so even if the Padres got into a lengthy extra-inning game on Saturday, they wouldn’t have used him anyway.
Joe lost to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, allowing three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four in five innings of work. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Dexter Fowler led off the fourth inning with a single.
After a historic May, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been a little quiet so far this month. No longer. Check out this solo blast off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel this afternoon.
Harper now leads the majors with 19 home runs. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are both sitting on 18 coming into Saturday’s action.
Hammel was pulled after Harper’s homer, but the Cubs hung on to beat the Nationals 4-2.