One day after a scary collision, Javier Baez is back in the lineup as the Chicago Cubs look to even the series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
One year to the day from Kyle Schwarber‘s season-ending knee injury, the Chicago Cubs got another scare. Infielder Javier Baez raced into shallow right field, giving chase on a ball, colliding with Jason Heyward.
Thankfully, Baez was only diagnosed with a contusion near his left eye – and is already back in the Chicago starting lineup as the Cubs battle Milwaukee again at Miller Park. He’s batting seventh for Joe Maddon, playing second base.
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He lines up behind right-hander Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 0.00). Last season’s ERA leader makes his 2017 debut against a team he’s very familiar with. In his career at Miller Park, Hendricks has been dominant. His 1.82 is a personal best among parks he’s made at least three starts at.
Chicago (2-2) is at .500 on the year, despite scoring a grand total of 12 runs in the four games played. Reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant has been ice-cold, batting just .063 (1-for-16).
Opposite Hendricks, left-hander Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00) gets the ball for the Brewers. He made a dozen starts for Milwaukee a year ago, and was largely ineffective. His earned run average pushed north of 5.70 – leaving plenty to be desired.
CSN Chicago carries first pitch of tonight’s game, set for 6:10 p.m. CT. 670 WSCR The Score will broadcast the radio call from Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer.