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Javier Baez | Second Baseman | #9

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (9) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Javier Baez (hamstring) will return to the field in Cactus League action on Sunday.
He's scheduled to take three at-bats as the designated hitter during Saturday's game. Baez has been sidelined for the past week dur to minor soreness in his left hamstring. His availability for Opening Day isn't in question at the moment. Mar 17 - 2:02 PM

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Javier Baez (hamstring) is due to return to Cactus League action on Saturday.

Baez has been sidelined for a week because of a minor left hamstring injury. The second baseman should be fully ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. He posted 23 home runs, 75 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 145 games last year for the NL Central champs.
Mar 15 - 2:31 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Javier Baez (hamstring) could return to Cactus League action "by the end of the week."

Baez tweaked his left hamstring in a Cactus League game last Thursday, but he told reporters Sunday that he felt "110 percent." The free-swinging second baseman should be fine for the start of the 2018 regular season. He carries intriguing fantasy upside coming off a 23-homer, 75-RBI, 10-steal campaign.
Mar 13 - 7:53 PM

Javier Baez (hamstring) said Sunday that he's "110 percent."

Baez tweaked his left hamstring in a game last Thursday, but an MRI came back clean and he's expected to be fine. The Cubs anticipate him returning to game action early this week.
Mar 11 - 12:01 PM

Javier Baez underwent a precautionary MRI exam on his injured left hamstring.

Baez suffered the injury while busting it out of the batter's box on a double during Thursday's Cactus League contest. Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that the injury is nothing to worry about, they are simply being cautious. Maddon expects Baez to return to the lineup sometime next week.
Mar 10 - 1:40 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Javier Baez's left hamstring is "still bothering him a bit."

"It's still there, it's still bothering him a bit," Maddon said. "We're trying to figure out exactly what's going on." Baez said he was merely dealing with a cramp when he was pulled from Thursday's game, but it appears it may be more serious than that. He's been ruled out of game action through at least Saturday. We could know more about his status later this weekend.
Mar 9 - 12:54 PM

Javier Baez doesn't expect to miss any time after leaving Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with left hamstring tightness.

He claims the injury was just a cramp and attributed it to not drinking enough water. Baez has a scheduled off day on Friday but fully expects to be in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the White Sox. The 25-year-old sports a .312 average over 16 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 8 - 5:43 PM

Javier Baez left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with left hamstring tightness.

He's still being evaluated by the Cubs' medical staff after pulling up on a double in the second inning. "Tightness" is obviously much better than a strain or a tear, though it's too early to speculate on how long this might keep Baez out. With Opening Day earlier than usual this year, Baez only has about three weeks to get ready for the regular season.
Mar 8 - 4:22 PM

Javier Baez left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with an apparent hamstring injury.

Baez pulled up lame on a double into the left-center field gap in the bottom of the second inning. The timing isn't great here, as hamstring strains can sometimes take 3-4 weeks to recover from and Opening Day is exactly three weeks away. There should be an update about the severity of the injury by Thursday evening.
Mar 8 - 3:41 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Wednesday that Javier Baez will have to show a better approach at the plate to earn more playing time.

"[Baez] is at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize (his) strike zone, accept walks and use the whole field," Maddon said Wednesday. "That would be the next level for him." Baez is still just 25 years old, but his grand total of 64 walks in 1,267 plate appearances speaks to his lack of patience at the plate. He oozes talent, but if he's ever going to reach his ceiling, there has to be a reason for pitchers to throw him more strikes. If he does eventually find that groove, look out.
Feb 21 - 7:45 PM

Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with two solo blasts in a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Both of the blasts came off of Alex Wood, one in the second and one in the fifth. Baez has struggled to hit for average in this postseason, but he's now slugging .889 for this series, which is good. With his bat speed, he can turn any pitch on any part of the plate out of the park. Baez and the Cubs will look to stay alive and take the series to Los Angeles in Game 5 on Thursday.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 12:21:00 AM

Javier Baez is out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Baez is 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts and two walks so far in the 2017 playoffs. Ben Zobrist will start at second base and bat leadoff Tuesday night against Los Angeles right-hander Yu Darvish.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Javier Baez went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts on Thursday to finish the NLDS without a hit.

Baez went 0-for-13 with one walk while starting four of the five games of the series. The Cubs will probably keep him in there against the Dodgers because of his defense, but his struggles will give them something to think about.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 12:53:00 AM

Javier Baez is in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Tuesday.

That's assuming the weather cooperates. Ben Zobrist will make the start in right field while Jon Jay and Kyle Schwarber complete the rest of the outfield. The full lineup against Tanner Roark: Jay CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Zobrist RF, Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Baez 2B, Jake Arrieta SP.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Javier Baez (knee) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Baez was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Tuesday night after fouling a ball off his right knee Monday. He'll start at second base and bat sixth Wednesday versus Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 02:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Chris Gimenez
3Victor Caratini
4Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2Efren Navarro
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Eddie Butler
7Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Morrow
2Steve Cishek
3Carl Edwards Jr.
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Shae Simmons
9Dario Alvarez
10Dillon Maples
11Anthony Bass