Javier Baez Exits Twins vs. Tigers After Suffering Upper Arm Injury | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors
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Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez suffered a left upper arm contusion in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins and will not return, the team announced.
Per MLB.com’s Jason Beck, Baez “seemed to be dealing with discomfort” after he was hit by a pitch earlier in the game. He was replaced by Victor Reyes.
Baez was placed on the 10-day injured list April 16 with right thumb soreness. He suffered the injury while celebrating his Opening Day walk-off hit against the Chicago White Sox on April 8.
The 29-year-old joined the Tigers this year on a six-year, $140 million deal after seven-and-a-half seasons with the Chicago Cubs and a short stint with the New York Mets in 2021.
In 138 games split between the Cubs and Mets last season, Baez slashed .265/.319/.494 with 31 home runs and 87 RBI. He hasn’t been as effective this season, hitting .218/.259/.634 with nine home runs and 36 RBI through 81 games.
The Tigers are 38-57 entering Sunday, fourth place in the AL Central. If they want to compete with teams like the Twins and Chicago White Sox, they’ll need Baez to remain healthy moving forward.