3/22 Baez OK after bruising heel

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez was fine on Saturday, one day after coming out of a game because of a right heel contusion suffered because of some bad cleats. With one out in the sixth and the Cubs leading 4-0 against the White Sox, Baez hit a grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Baez beat the throw but stepped awkwardly on first base and appeared to slip with his right foot.

“It’s happened before,” Baez said Saturday. “I can’t wear [metal] cleats. I reached for the bag and I felt it a little bit on my heel. I could’ve kept playing but it was my last at-bat anyways so they took me out of the game.”

He has no problem with rubber cleats but was wearing the metal ones because of the wet surface in Glendale.

“If I wear cleats, I just have to cut the back cleat and I’ll be all right,” Baez said. “When I hit the ground hard with all my weight, it hurts.”

He said his shoe “pinched” his heel but the pain was gone quickly.

“It bothered me for a couple minutes and it was gone,” he said. “It’s happened before.”

Baez was listed as a reserve on the Cubs’ roster for Saturday’s game against the Reds.

— Carrie Muskat

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