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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.