Báez Has Hairline Fracture, Will See Specialist Monday

Christian Yelich

Ryan Braun added an RBI double in the fourth inning, and Eric Thames homered to lead off the sixth inning for the Brewers, who won the final three contests of the four-game set to move within two games of Chicago for the second wild card in the National League.

He leads the Cubs in WAR, is second on the team in RBI (85) and home runs (29) and rates as an elite fielder while taking over shortstop full time this season.

Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Javier Baez will be sidelined indefinitely with hairline fracture in left thumb.

"I was concerned something like this may be the result, " manager Joe Maddon said before the Cubs played the Brewers.

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The Chicago Cubs have fought hard all season to stay in the race for the National League Central title, but they'll have to fight even harder just to hang on to their current wild card playoff spot. Other guys have to take care of their component of the game.

It's been a rough week for the Cubs on the injury front.

"It's not easy. It's no fun without him, but you don't go home, you keep playing and you look for other people to maybe rise to the occasion".

But Russell is nowhere near the offensive player Baez is, hitting just.229/.302/.393 this season including his solo homer in Saturday night's game.

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant received the recreation off. Both teams' paths will cross through the similarly red-hot St. Louis Cardinals, who lead the Central division by three and a half games. The left-hander scattered six hits and four walks in six shutout innings Tuesday, working out of three bases-loaded jams while striking out nine in Chicago's 6-1 victory over Seattle. Baez remained in the game, but then exited before the seventh inning. Tyler Austin should have been the first out, but he reached on a throwing error from Russell. He fell to his knees, holding his head, but eventually was able to compose himself and walk to first base accompanied by Maddon and two trainers. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Little as he turned and buckled over.

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