He'll undergo further examination with a hand specialist on Monday.
Hell, simply MAKING it to the playoffs will be a whole lot tougher for the Cubs now.
"I was concerned something like this may be the result, " manager Joe Maddon said before the Cubs played the Brewers.
An MRI in Chicago on Saturday revealed the extent of Baez's injury, suffered when he slid headfirst into second base last Sunday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. Braun's double plated Christian Yelich to trim the Cubs' lead to 3-2. "It's not like we're just a one man band". "Middle-of-the-order guy and our shortstop". But the Cubs had to scratch him from the lineup after he experienced more pain in batting practice.
Chicago took advantage after Addison Russell was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning.
If nothing else, the Cubs' margin for error will be much thinner. The Cubs loaded the based with no outs and only scored one run. After all the off-field issues that permeated throughout the winter and spring and into the regular season (including his month-long suspension to begin the year), he then had on-field issues by making mistakes on the basepaths and struggling to get into a rhythm offensively, prompting the Cubs to demote him to the minors in late July.
Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45) has a 1.63 ERA during a five-start unbeaten run, winning two of those contests while striking out 28 in 27 2-3 innings. That was the case for Houser on Monday versus Houston after the Astros made the right-hander throw 96 pitches in 4 1-3 innings as he exited with the score tied 1-1 before Milwaukee eventually lost 3-2 in 10 innings. The 29-year-old was called up by the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.
Maddon said he's going to lean on his bench to keep the Cubs charging toward the NL playoffs.
"Javy is the heart of this team", said catcher Willson Contreras. But, he saved his greatest heroics for the end of the game.
But Baez hasn't been able to even swing a bat without an issue the last couple days and Rizzo knows how big of a blow this loss will be to the Cubs. "He's done some fantastic things". "He's a perennial All-Star". But we can't hang our heads.