As we discussed this morning, Chicago Cubs utility man/crazy-bat-speed guy Javier Baez was expected to return to the Cubs soon, possibly as soon as this weekend, after successfully rehabbing from an injured thumb and pitch to the ear flap of his helmet (he’s been “over” each injury for a long time, but he needed to get back up to game speed).

Tommy Birch reports that Baez is indeed coming back very soon:

You can read a little more information on Baez’s stay in Des Moines there in Birch’s story.

Earlier today, it was looking like Baez’s rehab stint would continue through the weekend, but now it appears he’ll be headed to Chicago instead. Naturally, that makes you wonder and hope there isn’t some injury issue on the big league team that necessitated a speedier Baez return.



Baez played in left field and at third base for the Iowa Cubs today, going 2-4 with a couple singles (no strikeouts). So, then, I guess it’s also possible that he simply looked so ready today that there was no need to wait any longer. Or maybe the recent change to the Rockies’ rotation precipitated a change in course for some match-up-related reason. I don’t really want to land on anything right now, because there’s just too much speculation involved.



In any event, we’ll see what shakes loose over the course of the rest of the day and tomorrow. Whenever Baez does return, he’ll likely replace Munenori Kawasaki on the 25-man roster (Kawasaki is now on the 40-man, with options left, so he can be sent back to Iowa for the time being). How Baez is used, specifically, on a day-to-day basis also remains to be seen.

For more on Baez and his role with the Cubs once he does return, read up in this morning’s Bullets.




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