Chicago Cubs: Injury updates on Javier Baez, Joc Pederson, Austin Romine
|Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 8:42 PM- -|
ATLANTA — The Chicago Cubs are currently battling injuries in the midst of a four-game series at Truist Park against the Atlanta Braves. While star third baseman Kris Bryant returned on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game due to right bicep inflammation, three others ailing Cubs position players are not yet out of the woods.
Starting shortstop Javier Baez missed the past two games with a left hamstring strain but is available off the bench for Wednesday's action and could potentially start on Thursday. As for starting left fielder Joc Pederson, who is currently on the 10-day injured list with left wrist tendinitis, he has taken batting practice at the Cubs' alternate site in South Bend, Indiana. Pederson last played on Tuesday, April 20, but could be returning soon.
Things went well for Javy, according to David Ross. He will take BP and infield with the team. If things go well with that, he'll be available off the bench tonight. Likely in the lineup tomorrow. https://t.co/qV1XP17DTk— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) April 28, 2021
Ross says Joc Pederson (IL, left wrist) has taken BP in South Bend. The manager was still awaiting feedback on how today's work went for the outfielder.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 28, 2021
The only bad news on the Cubs' injury front concerns backup catcher Austin Romine. Romine suffered a left wrist sprain on Sunday, resulting in him being placed on the 10-day injured list, and manager David Ross revealed on Wednesday that the backstop will miss at least a few weeks. In the meantime, Tony Wolters will serve as the Cubs' backup catcher behind starter Willson Contreras.
Austin Romine's left wrist sprain is significant, according to Ross. Says he'll be out a while, so there's that. #Cubs— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) April 28, 2021
Cubs catcher Austin Romine will be on the IL for at least a few weeks with a significant strain of his left wrist.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) April 28, 2021