But the concern is even lower now, after Fowler told some fine folks in the media today that it’s all good:
Fowler said left side was tight before the game, came out as precaution. Said he could play today if needed.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) March 28, 2016
Dex Fowler said he will take a day with left side tightness . No worries on missing time
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) March 28, 2016
Fowler is fine. Tightness in left side even before he homered. Says no worries. Baez talking to training staff
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 28, 2016
So, all is well with Fowler, and he might rest a few days yet. Might as well.
About that Baez part, though. As we discussed this weekend, Baez has been out for over a week now after jamming his thumb, and I find it interesting that Ben Zobrist is starting at shortstop today for the Cubs. If Baez has to start the season on the DL, it would be nice to know that you’ve got a back-up shortstop available without definitely-absolutely having to carry Munenori Kawasaki if you didn’t otherwise want to.
Back to Zobrist, though: even if Kawasaki is on the roster, it’s still good to keep Zobrist fresh and able at shortstop, where he played a handful of games in 2012-14 with the Rays, but none at all last year with the A’s and Royals. Flexibility, options, and all that.
Hopefully this is all largely mooted by a healthy Baez, but we’ll see about that when we see about that.