Javier Baez Scratched from Cubs Lineup Tuesday
Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez is scratched from Tuesday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Reds due to a heel injury.
Javy Baez scratched tonight due to that bruise on his heel, per the team.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) July 27, 2021
Baez last played in the Cubs’ July 25, 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 0-for-4. He pinch-hit in Monday’s 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds, hitting the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. A regular fixture in the Cubs’ lineup, Baez has appeared in 90 games, slashing .245/.289/.483 with 22 home runs. His 22 home runs tie him with Max Muncy, Eduardo Escobar, Adolis Garcia, Jared Walsh, Rhys Hoskins, Adam Duvall, and Pete Alonso.
With Baez out of the lineup for a second straight game, trade rumors may circulate ahead of Friday’s deadline.
Nico Hoener will take over shortstop duties for Game 2 against the Reds. Priced at $2,200 on FanDuel, Hoener has appeared in 37 games this season, going 2-for-5 in Monday’s win. He is batting .305 with a .379 OBP this season.
The Cubs will face Vladimir Gutierrez, who makes his 11th start of the season. The rookie had a 4.97 ERA with a 15.5% K rate.
Chicago is a -172 home Moneyline favorite against the Reds on FanDuel Sportsbook in a game with a 10.5 total.