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Javy Baez Invited to Return to the Home Run Derby – Will His Heel Let Him Participate?

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Today, Javy Baez revealed that he’d been invited to return to the Home Run Derby this year, a fun event for guys like Baez. He can put on a show, and that’s very good for the sport (and fans who just like seeing fun stuff!).

But there’s a big however:

Obviously Baez has been playing through his sore heel for a long while now, saying that it wasn’t impacting him at the plate. Of course, even if that’s 100% true, you *still* probably wouldn’t want to see him risk any kind of further aggravation by taking the kind of hacks you see in the Derby. Fun as that might be.

We’ll apparently find out within a week or so whether Baez’s heel is going to feel good enough for him to participate. I have to admit, I’m torn on how I want this to go.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.