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Cubs SS Javier Baez scratched with back tightness

Field Level Media
12 May 2021, 06:40 GMT+10

Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the host Cleveland Indians with lower-back tightness.

The Cubs also put outfielder Jake Marisnick (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Monday, and recalled reliever Brad Wieck.

Eric Sogard will replace Baez at shortstop and bat ninth for Chicago. Sogard originally was penciled in to play second base. Ildemaro Vargas will now play second and bat eighth.

Cubs manager David Ross said Baez is day-to-day and is not expected to require a stint on the injured list.

"If he feels good (Wednesday), he'll be back in there," Ross said.

Baez, 28, is hitting .255 with eight home runs and a team-leading 25 RBIs in 30 games this season. He entered Tuesday having previously missed four games to injury this season.

A two-time All-Star who made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2014, Baez has hit .264 with 126 home runs and 403 RBIs in 754 career games, all with Chicago.

Marisnick was batting .264 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games.

--Field Level Media

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