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Friday, June 6, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: John Baker out a few days

By on 6/06/2014 11:45:00 AM

The Chicago Cubs enter a weekend series against the Miami Marlins coming off a 7-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday. The win improved the Cubs to 23-34, eleven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Cubs were without catcher John Baker, who took a foul ball off his throat on Wednesday.

As reported by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Baker played all nine innings during the game on Wednesday, despite taking the foul ball off his throat. The Cubs won the game in comeback fashion by the score of 5-4. Manager Rick Renteria is unsure when Baker can return to the lineup. An examination showed no damage and Baker was back with his teammates for batting practice before last night's game. He'll get at least another game off.

In the meantime, Eli Whiteside, who was 0-for-3 with an RBI in his first start for the Cubs last night's game, will likely start again tonight. Whiteside was recently called up from Triple-A Iowa and took the place of Welington Castillo, who was put on the disabled list with a rib cage injury.

Baker, a seven-year Major League veteran, has played for the Marlins, Padres and Cubs. He's batting just .143 in 56 at bats this season. A career backup, Baker has appeared in 313 games and has a career batting average of .252 with 14 home runs and 108 RBI.

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