5/28 Johnson, Baker updates
Reed Johnson is 7-for-11 against the Pirates’ Paul Maholm. Jeff Baker is 7-for-14 against the lefty. But neither was in the starting lineup Saturday as both Cubs are battling injuries. Johnson is sidelined with back issues while Baker has a strained left groin, injured on Sunday in Boston. Baker did pinch-hit Friday but wasn’t ready to start in the field.
“Reed, I’m most concerned about,” manager Mike Quade said. “We’ll be really careful with him. ‘Bake’ needs a day or so before we can cut him loose on the field. It might have been a day to give Carlos [Pena] a day off and have [Baker] at first but one or two explosive moves to his left or right and we’re back into a two-, three-week potentially dangerous situation with his groin.”
— Carrie Muskat