Baez scratched from Sunday's Cubs lineup

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Cubs shortstop Javier Baez checks his hand during the ninth inning of game Saturday, June 12, 2021, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Baez was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a lingering thumb injury.

    Cubs shortstop Javier Baez checks his hand during the ninth inning of game Saturday, June 12, 2021, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Baez was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a lingering thumb injury. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/13/2021 5:51 PM

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a recurrence of the thumb injury that kept him out of three games earlier this week.

Sergio Alcantara, who had homered in two of the previous three games, was slated to fill in at shortstop. Eric Sogard was in the original lineup at second base.

 

"The thumb popped up on him this morning, not feeling great," manager David Ross said before the game. "Again, something we don't want to linger. I'm pretty sure he didn't do it on a swing. I think it was on a diving play. They're treating it now and I don't want to take any risks."

It appeared Baez might have aggravated the thumb injury when he jumped into the stands to try to catch a foul ball during Saturday's win over St. Louis. The injury originally happened in San Francisco when he fouled a ball off the end of the bat, then missed the entire series in San Diego.

Patrick Wisdom was back to starting at third base on Sunday. He didn't start Saturday's game, while Kris Bryant played third base for the first time since April 20. But later in the game, Wisdom subbed in at third and Bryant went to the outfield.

Bryant was slated to start in right field on Sunday, with Ian Happ in center and Joc Pederson in right.

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