Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez took an Ozzie Albies knee to his right eye while diving head first into second base in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves yesterday. He left the game in the third inning due to blurred vision.
Baez was examined at a Chicago hospital afterward. No concussion symptoms were initially reported, and the blurred vision was attributable to eye issues, not brain issues. That could certainly change, however, as sometimes blows to the head can lead to delayed symptoms and diagnosis. Baez was expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. His status going forward, however, is uncertain.
Baez is hitting .271/.315/.489 with 21 homers and 67 RBI on the year. He’s been playing mostly shortstop of late with Addison Russel on the shelf.