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Javier Baez leaves game with groin tightness

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Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left last night’s Marlins-Cubs game with groin tightness. He’ll be further evaluated today and a decision will be made about putting him on the disabled list. For what it’s worth, Joe Maddon said after the game that he wasn’t concerned and that he was lifted because the game was a blowout.

It wasn’t totally clear how Baez hurt himself. He was on defense at the time and the injury occurred on a play in the outfield. He was just running over toward short when the ball was out in left field. Sometimes you just tweak something doing relatively little. At least I do, but then again I’m a 44-year-old schlub, not 25. Oh well.

Baez is hitting .285/.328/.650 on the season. If he goes on the DL, Tommy LaStella and Ben Zobrist will get most of the reps.


Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.