#Cubs expected to call up Baez Tuesday
The Cubs were expected to call up infielder Javier Baez on Tuesday when Major League teams can expand their rosters. Baez was batting .316 in 67 games at Triple-A Iowa.
“I would say he’s probably sooner rather than later, probably a first wave kind of guy because there’s a lot things he can do to help you win right now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Baez, who missed the first month following the death of his sister, and was sidelined for another month because of a finger injury.
“He’s playing well and moving all over the place,” Maddon said of the Cubs’ 2011 No. 1 Draft pick. “He’s had good at-bats, more consistent at-bats, more under control. He’s been doing well.”
Baez struck out 130 times in 104 games last season at Iowa, and then fanned 95 times in 213 at-bats over 52 games with the Cubs after he was called up in early August.
Others expected to be added in the first wave on Sept. 1 include Quintin Berry and Emilio Bonifacio, who were both signed to Minor League contracts, and will be considered as options on the bench as pinch-runners. Iowa’s season ends Sept. 7, and the Cubs will add a few more players after that, Maddon said.
One option the Cubs are considering, Maddon said, is right-handed reliever Carl Edwards Jr., 23, who has a 3.03 ERA in 21 relief appearances at Iowa. Edwards was ranked No. 3 by MLB.com on the list of top 20 Cubs prospects.
“‘CJ’ is an interesting guy and I’m not exactly sure if and when, but I know [the front office] like him a lot, too, so I know that’s a possibility,” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat