Injury updates on Javier Baez, Yu Darvish, Craig Kimbrel


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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was injured on a headfirst slide this past Sunday and has yet to return to action.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was injured on a headfirst slide this past Sunday and has yet to return to action.

MILWAUKEE — Three notable players for the Chicago Cubs are currently dealing with disconcerting injury issues. Shortstop Javier Baez jammed his left thumb on a headfirst slide last weekend and has missed all of this week's action thus far. In the pitching department, starter Yu Darvish was scratched from his previously scheduled start due forearm tightness, and closer Craig Kimbrel was recently placed on the injured list due to elbow soreness.

Baez's thumb issue clearly has not healed as quickly as the Cubs expected because the middle infielder is set to undergo an MRI on Saturday in order to determine the severity of the ailment. X-rays previously came back negative on the thumb. When speaking with reporters prior to the Cubs' matchup at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Baez "didn't feel right" when swinging the bat earlier in the day.

As for Darvish, he is still slated to make his start against the Brewers on Saturday. More light was shed on the forearm issue on Friday, with Darvish telling the press that he first felt tightness in his right forearm when he threw a two-seam fastball during his July 3 start. Furthermore, Darvish revealed that several of his starts since the All-Star break have been cut short so that the tightness would not be exacerbated.

Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday and is eligible to return next Thursday. The star reliever discussed the injury with the media on Friday and did not seem concerned about his elbow, which did not bother him prior to this past Sunday. Kimbrel's MRI results came back clean, and Kimbrel is confident that he will ready to go as soon as the Cubs are allowed to reactivate him.

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