In his first big league camp, 20-year-old Javier Baez is making things look easy.
Baez homered for the second time and went 2-for-3 Saturday in a 9-2 loss to the Indians, increasing his spring average to .360 and his slugging percentage to .640. Baez is tied for the team lead with six RBIs, and has looked strong at shortstop in Starlin Castro's absence.
"They know I can play the game," he said. "I still have to learn a lot of things. They're going to move me (up the minor league ladder) whenever they can."
Manager Dale Sveum confirmed Castro's return to the lineup will be delayed until after Tuesday's day off, so it could be Wednesday at the earliest. Castro left with a left hamstring injury Feb. 27. If he returns Wednesday, he will have missed two weeks.
Baez homers but Cubs lose 9-2 to Indians
Chicago Tribune | Mar 10