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Cubs Báez has a hairline thumb fracture, status uncertain

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Cary Erickson | 11 September, 2019, 06:39

Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Javier Baez will be sidelined indefinitely with hairline fracture in left thumb.

Báez will see a specialist on Monday to establish an official timeline for the injury, but it's safe to estimate he's out until, minimum, playoffs (assuming the Cubs can get there).

The injury, originally thought to be a jammed thumb, occurred Sunday, when Baez stole second base in the third inning of a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. He hasn't played since.

Russell made his 13th start at shortstop this season Saturday.

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It meant the US was only two behind, and on a little bit of a high. "I told Brandon on 8, 'We're still in this, '" Smalley said. He captured a 2-and-1 victory over Conor Gough in singles play, helping team US win eight of 10 singles matches.

Baez, 26, has hit.281/.316/.532 with 29 home runs this season. Missing Baez now from the middle of the order will be huge, but other players like Kyle Schwarber and Nicholas Castellanos will have to keep their hot streaks going while Kris Bryant will have to return to his MVP-caliber form and Anthony Rizzo keeps up his steady production. "We're gonna miss him - we miss him already - but we got a nice group out there and nobody's gonna feel sorry for you". The Cubs are in the second NL wild-card spot, 2 games behind the Washington Nationals and 1.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It is not like we are just a one-man band".

Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45) has a 1.63 ERA during a five-start unbeaten run, winning two of those contests while striking out 28 in 27 2-3 innings.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the 8th inning, the Cubs worked the bases loaded against Junior Guerra. If anything happened to Russell, the Cubs would roll with David Bote as the backup shortstop and the 38-year-old Zobrist might be next in line after that for the team's most important defensive position. "He's capable. At this time of the year, I don't think he's been overplayed". But, he saved his greatest heroics for the end of the game. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Shrimp as he grew to become and buckled over. He was injured on a head-first slide into second base on a successful stolen-base attempt.