Javier Baez Return is Near, Cubs Flush with Talent

There is absolutely no weakness in the Cubs lineup. Even the pitchers are getting hits. Last week Jake Arrieta hit a 440 foot 2-run home run against the Dbacks and last night John Lackey hit a 2-run single in the first inning which ended up being Reds’ starting pitcher, Alfredo Simon’s last pitch.

The lineup, from top to bottom is relentless. In each Cubs at-bat opposing pitchers are facing a player who could potentially change the game with one swing. And now, the Cubs are getting ready to add yet another weapon.

Cubs’ coach Joe Maddon says that Javier Baez is getting close to returning from the DL. He’s had eleven at-bats in his AAA Iowa rehab assignment and Maddon would like to see him get around twenty. He starts today for Iowa and that will get him to about fifteen at-bats, so we could see him back at Wrigley before the end of the weekend.

At this point, it’s hard to imagine the Cubs getting any better, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

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