Javier Baez out 4-8 weeks with a fractured left ring finger

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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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).