javier baez aflLast week, top Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez suffered an ill-timed (are they ever well-timed?) ankle injury while fielding grounders. The starting shortstop for AAA Iowa was off to something of a slow start, and has now been sidelined since Friday.

Thanks to Tommy Birch, we now have a little more information on the severity of the injury, which apparently could have been a lot worse.

“I jumped a little bit to throw the ball and when I landed, it was kind of like a hole or something [there],” Baez told Birch of the Des Moines Register.¬†“I thought I was done.”



The ankle was not broken, just rolled, but Baez’s manager described the ensuing discoloration as “not pretty.” Sprained ankles can actually be very serious business, so this is all rather scary to me, but the manager, Marty Pevey, indicated that Baez could be back in five to seven days. If it was looking like a very serious sprain (or even having the potential for a very serious sprain), I doubt he’d be able to suggest that kind of timetable.

So, while we might be looking at Baez missing a couple weeks of action, this is far from the worst case scenario. Baez gets some time to rest after a long, involved Spring Training , and can also rest the back that was bothering him a little bit last week.

Baez is eligible to come off of the DL on Friday, but don’t look for that to happen. Today provided some good signs, though, according to Birch:



Fist pumps are good. Hopefully this is the first step in Baez ticking up to full baseball activities by this weekend, and then maybe he gets back into game action early next week.


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