waiting to exhaleMake room on the ledge for the irrational among us …

Javier Baez left today’s game after legging out an infield single. It looked like Baez slipped awkwardly as he hit first base, and then started limping a little bit. The trainer came out, and the two departed.

I’m loathe to speculate about the injury, but it tentatively looked like an ankle or knee, given how he hit the bag. As soon as we get something a little more definitive, I’ll share.

Commence breath-holding-butt-clenching-ledge-dwelling.


OK, here are your tweets of mostly relief:

So, basically, as you could see in the game, he hit the bag very hard with his leg extended, and the corner of the bag must’ve gotten him pretty good under his foot. I imagine it’s pretty painful, and the Cubs will apparently evaluate him further tomorrow. It doesn’t sound terribly serious at this point, but you never know. I’ll choose to leave myself at Clench Level: Medium.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Still time to deal for Rollins

  • MightyBear

    The more I see Mike Olt at the plate the more I like him.

    • cubsfan08

      Agree – that double in his 1st AB was “easy” gap power. Controlled swing that he put good wood on. I’m buying

  • ssckelley

    Bah, he will be fine.

    But more importantly Olt! took a walk.

  • drew

    Right heel contusion per Patrick Mooney.

    • drew

      Derp. You got this one, Brett.

  • mditka

    thankfully its not knee related – goofball Hawk said it was going to be hard to come back with it…or course

    • drew

      He also called Valbuena’s 1st HR a foul immediately. Gotta love him.

    • Diehardthefirst

      Many meniscus issues start with foot or ankle issues

      • BlueBallinSince1908

        A health professional you are not, yet you try to play one on BN.

  • Diehardthefirst

    If results in plantar fasciitis or Achilles then his running days are over- and to think most on this board had him in the HOF? Still time to go after Rollins.

    • AB1980

      Home run trots are better when they are slower

    • Dales Fired Ear

      I’ve had plantar fasciitis, it took a couple months to heal with minimal treatment but I can run multiple miles now with no problems. I was worried about it being that too until I read your ridiculousness and came back down to Earth and realized he would get a lot better treatment than I did.

      • Diehardthefirst

        Playing baseball with hundreds of stops and starts per game is a lot different than jogging in a straight line

        • Dales Fired Ear

          Regardless it doesn’t end his running days, it’s a completely treatable condition. I work at a Boys and Girls club where I start and stop all the time and I have no problems whatsoever, and I got plantar fasciitis last summer. Also suggesting that the Cubs trade for Rollins is pointless, he said he won’t waive his no trade clause, and he definitely won’t to spend his last days on the bench of a non-contending team. I don’t know why I even respond to you, I should know better than to feed the troll. Uck strike one hyuck hyuck

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    • King Jeff

      Funny, an irritated ligament in a minor league player’s foot means that he’s a bust and the team should go after Pop Up Rollins and his broke down body and terrible contract?

      • Diehardthefirst

        All the young infielders could learn from Rollins as they are rotated up and down over next 2 years- another coach who plays is invaluable- Phillies would gladly eat most of salary and take A pitcher to dump him- once he realizes ride is almost over he may welcome oppty to contribute in other ways

        • King Jeff

          Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins on rumors: ‘I can’t be traded’

          He’s already rumored to have objected to being traded to a contender, there is zero chance he’s going to waive his NTC to come to a rebuilding team with an all star SS in place and a top 5 prospect in all of baseball SS waiting in the wings.

          • Funn Dave

            Guys. You’re responding to Die Hard here. Just sayin.’

  • mikelach13

    I will keep this at Clench Level Orange until further notice, or until, by some miracle my NCAA bracket improves.

  • mditka

    Take it Easy DieHard!

    • Diehardthefirst

      I’m agitated over this clubs rudderless action

      • Dales Fired Ear

        We’re all agitated with your rudderless comments

        • Diehardthefirst

          Strike one

      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        Someone needs to turn this comment into the great MEME ever

  • TimBeam

    Take EVERY DAMN precautionary measure we can right now with JaviBomb. You don’t take chances with The Future

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat


  • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

    New Rule: Baez either hits a home run and is then carefully walks around the bases OR if it is a BIP then he stops and goes to the dugout.

    Problem solved.

    • Funn Dave


  • willis

    Didn’t look that bad really, and he seemed to be walking ok back to the dugout. But that kind of heel bruise or whatever can linger and just be annoying.

    Other than that, it was a great day with good performances by Lake and Olt and a great outing from Rusin. Plus, even if it’s fake, beating the White Sox is fun.

    • Picklenose

      Doctors generally refer to that as a diehard bruise (since it lingers and is annoying).

      • FFP

        I try very hard not to encourage this kind of thing; but this, PN, is clever.

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  • Dustin S

    Baez always goes 100% all out, but it seems like he’s been really pushing to impress lately. At this point I’d just as soon have him mosey along to minor league camp and not hurt himself.

    Also getting excited about Olt. If his vision issues are really behind him that Garza trade could really come out like a steal. It boosts the makeup of the lineup so much having his power bat in the middle to help Rizzo, plus being able to slot Valbuena’s bat at 2B.

  • http://BN Sacko

    Planter fascitis can take at least a month w/out aggravating it again. In other words should not run on it for a month. Hope I’m wrong. What an exciting player.

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      You do realize that plantar fasciitis is nothing at all like a bruise…right?

      • Patrick W.

        It’s kinda like a bruise.

        • blublud

          Planters fasciitis is an injury to a specific body part. So unless he injured his planters fascia, he doesn’t have planters fasciitis. Also, its not a bruise, it’s when wear and tear from use causes the tissue on the heel of the foot to be damaged over time. You never hear of a player suddenly hurting his planter fascia, it usely happens over time.

          • King Jeff

            This is not correct. Plantar Fasciitis is literally inflammation of the Plantar Fascia in the foot. The P.F. is a ligament that supports the arc of your foot. The injury could be caused by long term problems, but it’s also possible that he just tweaked it with one of his violent swings. It’s probably going to be painful for him when he first starts moving around, and possibly when he overswings at a breaking ball. He should probably take it easy with the running for a few days and keep it on ice, but with his playing style, he’s probably going to have to play with pain for a month or so. This injury by itself is not a big deal, but it could lead to issues later in his career/life.

            • blublud

              King Jeff, please look up the word inflammation and then look at what I said. You do know that inflammation is damage to tissue, right. So basicly you just agreed with me while saying I was wrong. WOW.

              Also, plantars fascia is tissue. It actually connects the heel to the toes. So yes, while it supports the arc, Baez arc was not we were talking about. We were talking about his heel, so that is why I mentioned the heel part.

              Either way, he doesn’t have plantars fasciitis, so the argument is moot. But the only thing I was wrong about earlier was spelling Plantars with an E instead of an A, and my tablet did that.

              • King Jeff

                “it’s when wear and tear from use causes the tissue on the heel of the foot to be damaged over time.”

                Yes, ligament and tissue are the same thing, but the pf is not in the heel, it connects the heel to the toes. The pain would be felt in his heel, but the damage to the ligament could be anywhere between the heel and the toes. If this was what Baez is suffering from, I could make the connection between a strain in is his foot to his violent swing and the way he torques his feet on overswings at times. If this was simply an injury to his heel, then there is something else going on. Didn’t mean to be standoffish, just felt the need for a distinction, and didn’t need the insult. Have a good one BB.

                • blublud

                  It connects to the heel and aft section of the plantars fascia is technically in the heel. So if he was injured by hitting his heel, which clearly happen, and it was the Plantars Fascia, which it clearly wasn’t, then it could only be the aft portion that connects to the heel and is technically in the heel.

            • blublud

              But thanks for calling me wrong on something that I’m actually very knowledgeable about after you had to look it up

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          In that it hurts?

          I suppose, then yes. They are the same…

          • Patrick W.


        • Patrick W.

          I have successfully trolled y’all. BAN ME

  • Diehardthefirst

    Silver lining of Castro and Baez injuries- indicates friendly rivalry sparking going all out competition that can only be good long term

    • blublud

      I agree. Though I’m not sure Baez on the roster means no Castro, and vice versa. Maybe Barney/Murphey would be a better example.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Except no.

  • Diehardthefirst

    If Baez makes the team then don’t need Jumbotron

    • bbmoney

      The Cubs can just print all kinds of advertising on Javy’s jersey to make up for the lost revenue.

      Oh crap…he got sent to the minors. Guess they need that Jumbotron.

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