The injury is to his left thumb and was suffered when he jammed it on second base with a head-first slide last Sunday, and he has missed six straight games since the injury. That includes all three games against the Brewers in Milwaukee this past weekend, which saw the Brew-Crew take three of four to improve their Postseason positioning.
Baez will see a hand specialist to help get him healthy in time for October baseball, as the 26-year-old is set to visit with them on Monday. Addison Russell has taken over at shortstop with Baez sidelined, giving the controversial option more playing time after an up and down year due to off-the-field issues. He was suspended for the first 28 games while serving a ban from last season for violating the league's domestic violence policy. Since taking over, he has made errors in consecutive games against Milwaukee, while struggling with the bat at the plate. Baez was hitting .281 with 29 home runs and 85 RBI at the time of his injury, and he could be an explosive addition if the Cubs find themselves in the Postseason picture in less than a month.