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gods-benevolenceTop Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez has been out of action for almost 10 days now with a sprained ankle, which could have been much worse. He was eligible to come off of the DL on Friday, but wasn’t quite ready. The good news, though, was that he had started running, and looked healthy to outside observers on Friday and Saturday.

And now, Tommy Birch reports that we could see Baez come off of the DL as soon as today.

“If [Baez] comes in tomorrow [Sunday] and is not sore, then I’m planning on DH’ing [him],” Iowa manager Marty Pevey told Birch of the Des Moines Register. Even knowing that he’s this close to returning – even if he doesn’t wind up playing today – is a good sign for Baez. Hopefully he used the week off to rest, re-focus, and come back with the kind of approach that turned him into the ultra-mega-elite prospect he’s become.

On the season, Baez is hitting just .154/.214/.423 in his first go-around at AAA, but it’s just 28 plate appearances, and he’s the youngest player in the league. Also, according to eye witness reports (and my memory), he missed three additional homers in the week before his injury by a combined 20 or so feet. If those go out, his early-season line goes from “aw, man” to “OH, MAN!”

The Iowa Cubs play in the early afternoon today, so it won’t be long before we hear whether Baez is starting.

UPDATE: The lineup is out, and Baez is indeed scheduled to play. He’s DH’ing and batting third.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Baez seems to take a little adjustment period at each level he ascends to, so unless his line still looks like that in June, we don’t have anything to worry about.

    Great news!

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Happy Easter Brett, I’m sure it will be a fun day for you and the kids. Hopefully Villanueva has his good stuff today and Baez starts to crush PCL pitching.

  • Dustin S

    A bit OT, but hoping Rizzo is ok. His stretching for throws where he almost does the splits has been making me nervous for awhile. I don’t know how he hasn’t already pulled a hammy or a groin.

  • Ivy Walls

    Yeah, will see him play this weekend! Will send pictures and report

  • TommyK

    Add 3 homers to Baez’s line and my reaction remains “OMG THE STRIKEOUTS! THE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE STRIKE OUTS! MAKE IT STOP! DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!”

  • NorthSideIrish

    Penciled in the lineup at DH and batting 3rd.

    • ssckelley

      This is great news!

  • BenRoethig

    I’d much rather he go through this in Des Moines than Wrigley. AA is level where you have a lot of elite prospects that pitch on little more than stuff alone. AAA has less high ceiling pitchers, but the competition is more seasoned and accustomed to major league pitching. He needs to learn how to make adjustments to pitchers throwing to him low and away. Once he starts laying off off those, and they have to start throwing the ball where he can reach it again, it won’t be long until the balls start flying all over the place.

    There is no reason to think he won’t be up by the end of the summer.

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