Javy Baez may have pronounced himself 100 percent after leaving Thursday’s game, but his hamstring was still bothering him as of yesterday, and he won’t be playing in a game today.
Although Baez thought the tug in his hamstring was just a cramp, the product of dehydration, hearing Joe Maddon put it this way to Cubs.com is enough to reignite the nervousness you were feeling a couple days ago: “It’s still there, it’s still bothering him a bit. We’re trying to figure out exactly what’s going on.”
I … see. [*screams into pillow like an adult*]
Like we said yesterday, the line between a cramp and a mild strain, in terms of the feeling for a player, can be very fine. You often don’t really know what’s what until the next day, and, well, this is sub-ideal.
I wouldn’t yet say it’s a big deal, though. We’re still three weeks away from the season, and unless this actually is a strain, that’s plenty of time for Baez to return and get in his work in advance of the season. If it is a mild strain, however – and you start hearing this weekend about Baez heading for an MRI – that can keep a guy out for a month, and he would probably miss the start of the season.
With Ian Happ, Ben Zobrist, and Tommy La Stella in tow, the Cubs are extremely well-covered at second base in that event, but we’ll get there when we get there.