Javier Baez (back) back in Cubs' lineup Wednesday afternoon
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (back) is back in the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's interleague game against left-hander Sam Hentges and the Cleveland Indians.
Baez was expected back on Tuesday before being a late scratch. He will return to shortstop and the cleanup spot after exiting Saturday's contest early with back tightness. Eric Sogard will play second base Wednesday after covering shortstop for Baez. Ildemaro Vargas will be the Cubs' designated hitter and David Bote will bat fifth from the hot corner. Matt Duffy will bat leadoff and man left field while Joc Pederson has been bumped down to eighth. Kris Bryant is out of the lineup with an illness.
numberFire’s models project Baez for 10.8 FanDuel points and he has a $4,200 salary on Wednesday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Cubs have an implied total of 3.8 runs.
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