Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez injury update


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On Thursday afternoon, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was shockingly cleared to pinch run. (Credit: Isaiah Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
On Thursday afternoon, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was shockingly cleared to pinch run. (Credit: Isaiah Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — On the same afternoon that Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was predictably activated off the injured list, Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was unpredictably cleared for "light" baseball activities. Baez, who suffered a hairline fracture in his left thumb earlier this month, was reexamined by a hand specialist on Thursday and received positive news.

Baez was expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but the doctor cleared Baez for hitting off a tee and also cleared him for potentially pinch running for the Cubs. For now, Baez will wear a protective glove on his left hand, and that would enable him to pinch run as soon as Thursday's game at Wrigley Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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