Cubs Injury Updates: Báez's Hamstring an Open Question, Bryant Dealing with Minor Biceps Issue

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Cubs Injury Updates: Báez’s Hamstring an Open Question, Bryant Dealing with Minor Biceps Issue

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As you noticed in the lineup, Javy Báez is out for the second straight game, nursing that “minor” hamstring “tightness,” which hey, maybe he’ll be back tomorrow. But if not, the Cubs will will have to decide whether to make it an 10-day Injured List stint and backdate three days (the maximum backdate). Otherwise, if he has to miss more time, they’re just playing down a man unnecessarily.

David Ross was positive, but a little vague:

If Báez still doesn’t feel good today, I suspect the Cubs would lean toward the IL option, given the presence of Nico Hoerner and the preferred timing right now to just let him keep playing. Like I said yesterday, that’s not WHY you would IL Javy Báez, but it is a factor in the timing, when coupled with a desire not to see this become a true hamstring injury, and suddenly a guy is out at least a month.

As for Kris Bryant, it’s kind of a rest day, but also kind of a nagging issue day:

Bryant is available off the bench, and the discomfort apparently pops up on throws. I guess we’ll see if he’s back in there tomorrow night – nobody wants to see his blazing hot start to the year interrupted, and we know that when Bryant plays through an injury, the results have tended not to be good.

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.