MILWAUKEE – Javy Baez is going to miss some time.
An MRI revealed Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb. He is scheduled to see a Cubs hand specialist Monday to determine a timeline for his return.
“I was concerned something like this may be the result,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained. “Now we will just have to wait to see the specialist and figure out from there.”
Baez suffered the injury last Sunday against the Brewers sliding into second base on a pickoff attempt. He hasn’t played since.
Maddon said he’s going to lean on his bench to keep the Cubs charging toward the NL playoffs.
“It is not easy, it is no fun without him, in a sense, but you don’t go home,” Maddon said. “You keep playing. We definitely have a lot of other good names. It is not like we are just a one-man band.”
Addison Russell will slide back over to shortstop Saturday and should take the majority of the workload there in the meantime.
Baez heads to the shelf batting .281 with 29 home runs, 85 RBI and 11 stolen bases.