Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez returned to the starting lineup this past Saturday only a day after suffering a left eye contusion after a BRUTAL collision with outfielder Jason Heyward in the sixth inning of the North Siders’ 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Baez has since said that he is “100 percent normal” and was “..feeling good.” The swelling in his eye has dropped since the incident, and he is expected not to be affected by it too much moving forward.
Not gonna lie, the collision looked really, REALLY bad live. It was obviously good to see him give the thumbs up and walk off the field under his own power, as it looked like he originally could have potentially received a major head or neck injury from the collision. It is even better to see that he is not going to miss any time moving forward from the injury, as he is arguably the most versatile piece of last year’s World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. It would have been even more sobering given the Cubs lost slugger Kyle Schwarber around the same time last season with a torn ACL and LCL in an outfield collision. Hopefully we’ll see Javy come back strong and make some more plays like this.