javier baez aflTop Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez hasn’t played for the Iowa Cubs since Thursday, and it turns out a bum ankle is the culprit. Today, Baez hit the disabled list, where he joins Jorge Soler as members of The Big Four currently out of action.

Baez injured the ankle while taking grounders during batting practice on Friday, according to MiLB.com. No word on the severity of the injury at this point, but, given that he didn’t immediately go on the disabled list is maybe a good sign. Or perhaps I’m just perpetually hopeful?

The DL in the minors is just seven days, so, back-dated to Friday, and Baez could be back this coming Friday, assuming all he needed was a little rest. Baez was already, according to himself, dealing with some back soreness, so maybe a little time off (he did have a more strenuous Spring Training than most) wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. I’ll update if and when we get more clarity on the nature and extent of the injury.

As for Soler, he’s still recovering from his failed recovery from a Spring Training hamstring pull. He’s in Mesa right now, doing baseball activities, but it’s unclear when he’ll be able to return to the Tennessee Smokies, where he started the year (with one at bat, and then hit the DL).

  • Jon

    Did not need to hear this

  • Crockett

    Err my gerd!!!

  • willis

    Yeah this is crappy but it may be ok to get his back worked out as well so that doesn’t linger all season. Hopefully it’s only for the week.

  • JasonP

    Uh-oh!!! Time to freak out!!

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I wondered why he wasn’t in the lineup yesterday.

  • JCubs79

    Only a matter of time till Almora gets hurt now.

  • BlameHendry

    So when it come to injuries, we’re spared at the major league level, but plagued in the minor leagues. This is about the only time I’d rather have the opposite…

  • Funn Dave

    Guys, it may be pretty minor. No need to freak out at this point. I’m more concerned about Soler’s progress-stunting injuries than Baez.

  • http://becomehealthier.com drcub1908

    Omg the Cubs savior has a sore ankle
    What will come of 2017 !!!!!?????

    Soler will never reach the bigs
    Hamstrings don’t take this long
    Clearly more to him
    30 million bust

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      Yes because a sore ankle from 1 player dooms the Cubs for 3 years, strike one

      There are varying degrees of seriousness when it comes to hamstring injuries and you know nothing about the injury, strike 2

      Soler has 7 years left on his contract, long from being declared a bust, strike 3

      • Diego Javier

        Oh snap.

  • http://becomehealthier.com drcub1908

    Wow you really got me on 3 pitches
    I’m impressed ! Reply back when Soler dominates AA then AAA then makes it as a substantial mlb player
    I was not serious about Baez goof ball
    And hamstrings Ive treated for 17 years
    This is more than a strain

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      I don’t understand how you can call a guy a bust when he is 22 years old and has been a pro for 2 years.

      I’m sure you know hamstrings well, but the fact is that without seeing the MRI, you have no idea.

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