Javier Baez injures thumb, probably done in the AFL

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Javier Baez injured his thumb on Saturday and is likely not to play again this season.

CHICAGO — Shortstop Javier Baez, the Cubs' top prospect, may be done for the Arizona Fall League season after injuring his left thumb on Saturday.

Baez, who was playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, was removed from Saturday's game after suffering the injury. Jason McLeod, Cubs player development director, said the shortstop was being examined on Monday. McLeod said Baez most likely will not complete the AFL season.

Baez, 19, was batting .211 in 14 games with the Solar Sox. He was leading the league with 16 RBIs and was tied for the league lead with four home runs. He started 10 of those games at shortstop and four at third base.

He's had the opposite problem that Matt Szczur has had in the AFL. Szczur had been able to get on base at a good clip, but hasn't hit for any power. Baez can't get on base to save his life, but has hit for a lot of power.

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