The Chicago Cubs and top prospect Javier Baez avoided an injury concern on Friday.
In the Cubs game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Baez was pulled from the game in the sixth inning after an awkward landing on first base after a successful infield hit. After the game, the Cubs announced that Baez suffered a right heel contusion.
Baez has been earning a reputation for himself this Spring. Baez is 13-for-42 this Spring while hitting a MLB-leading 5 home runs in the exhibition season. The clamoring for Baez to make the Major League roster has grown louder in recent weeks with many local reporters joining the movement.
Despite the movement gaining steam, there is little doubt that the Cubs will deter from their plan. The plan is for Baez to start the season playing shortstop with the Iowa Cubs. Though, Cubs manager Rick Renteria has left the door open that Baez could make his Major League debut at some point during the 2014 season.
The current sentiment is that Baez could be with the Major League team by June if the prospect proves to the front office what many already believe. The belief being that Baez is ready to play in the Major League.