Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs’ prospect Javier Baez takes leave following death of his sister


Baez takes leave of absence from team; Cubs pen off to good start

In a bit of tragic news, Chicago Cubs’ second baseman

Javier Baez

has left the team following the death of his 21-year-old sister Noely. She was diagnosed with spinal bifida when she was born, and doctors said she wouldn’t last long. She made it to 21, and became Javy’s hero in the process. The Cubs have asked that fans respect his privacy, and we all offer our condolences to Baez and his family.

The Cubs’ bullpen was one of the biggest surprises–and strengths last season. With some new faces in the mix, they haven’t missed a beat in 2015. The additions of Phil Coke and Jason Motte, added to the return of Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and others has given the team a formidable pen. One the Cubs hope will put them in contention for the NL Central.

The NL Central is bound to give us some surprised this year, with the Cubs hopefully being one of them. But the Reds have gotten out of the gate first, sweeping the Pirates in the opening series. You can’t read too much into three games, but the top of the Reds lineup has been formidable–even with the rest of the lineup struggling. Are they legit? Or was this just a lucky series?

These and other stories that you may have missed:

‘Baez takes leave from the team following sister’s passing’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Chicago Cubs mix of old and new means bullpen success’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Top of the Reds lineup becoming a dangerous force’ – Blog Red Machine

‘Cubs’ early offensive woes shouldn’t be a concern’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Why you should watch all seven of Friday’s home openers’ – Cut4

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