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Javier Baez, the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, got in a half season in the Arizona Fall League, but that’s probably going to be all she wrote for him. Baez hurt his left thumb during Saturday’s game, was removed, and is being further evaluated today. (The Tribune reports that the injury occurred off the field during a celebration.)

Baez was having a mixed Fall, with power out the wazoo, but a weak BA/OBP type session. Of course, the sample size is so small it doesn’t really mean much of anything.

What is meaningful, unfortunately, is that Baez will miss out on that extra development at the tail end of the AFL season. Fortunately, we’re talking about two weeks here, so it’s not a disaster. As long as there are no lingering aftereffects, this might end up being no setback at all. After the AFL, Baez was expected to rest up until Spring Training. Sure, he’ll work out and all that, but he can still do almost everything even with a bum thumb.

No one expects the injury to impact Baez’s readiness for Spring Training, so that’s good. I still expect Baez to open 2013 at High-A Daytona, with the possibility of a quick jump to AA. From there, anything could happen, but I doubt we’ll see him in Chicago before 2014 at the very earliest.

  • S

    Wew good news as he is on my AFL fantasy team. Those dang thumb injuries.

  • Jeremy

    yep this article sounds about right.

  • Spriggs

    … just like Hayden Simpson’s mono was not supposed to be a big deal… or that crankiness in Kerry Wood’s shoulder or elbow or whatever… or that mishap on the bases Prior had with Giles. No big deal… no worries.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. I love Cubs fans. We’re all so once-bitten-twice-shy.

      • WGNstatic

        once-bitten?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          OK, 5700-times-bitten.

          • Frank

            per year

      • Spriggs

        It’ll play out something like this: He’ll come back for Spring Training only to “find out later”that he was rushing things. He will overcompensate and injure his wrist which will become a chronic thing. In time we’ll be talking about his swing in terms of pre and post thumb injury and crying about how things could have been.

        • calicubsfan007

          @Spriggs: With our luck, that idea isn’t so far fetched.

  • Dan

    I *always* cringe when a see the “God’s Wrath” picture pop up on my computer screen…

    • Spriggs

      I imagine that a cardinal blogger’s “God’s Wrath” parallel would be something like “God’s Favors” or “Charmed”. Smiling and patting a little redbird on the head instead of that ominous computer image.

      • cubfanincardinalland

        That deadbird voodoo crap ran out a couple weeks ago. Here is a good bar bet for you. In the last six years, who has won the division more times, the Cardinals or the Cubs.

        • Spriggs

          But if you give that question to a cardinal fan it will only result in “1908″. Only one thing can fix that.

  • fortyonenorth

    Mesa lost on Saturday, so does “off the field” mean he was high-fiving someone in the dugout?

    • calicubsfan007

      @fortyonenorth: Or it could mean that it happened while he was using a bat to teach a water cooler a lesson.

    • fortyonenorth

      Maybe he was “off the field” with Mark Grace.

      • calicubsfan007

        Hahaha, that’s good!

  • Doug Dascenzo

    He may have hurt it taking cartwheel lessons from Mike Harkey.

  • DarthHater

    Those thumb celebrations are dangerous!

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