Javier Baez placed on 10-day injury list with back spasm
- Javier Baez had not played since leaving Sunday's game in Philadelphia
- He pinch-hit on Wednesday and struck out on three pitches
- Earlier, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom's shutdown was extended for two weeks
New York Nets had a horrific Friday the 13th as their new signing Javier Baez was placed on the 10-day injured list with back spasms, the team announced shortly before opening a critical series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
Ahead of Baez's addition to the injury list, Mets were informed by Dodgers team physician and surgeon Neal ElAttrache that star pitcher Jacob deGrom's original two-week shutdown due to inflammation in his elbow is now a four-week shutdown.
Meanwhile, Baez had not played since leaving Sunday's game in Philadelphia with hip stiffness, which progressed to lower-back tightness. He pinch-hit on Wednesday and struck out on three pitches, but he wasn't ready to return to the lineup yet, according to the New York Post reports.
Baez was the Mets’ big trade deadline acquisition, batting .171 with two home runs in 10 games since coming over from the Cubs.
When Mets star Francisco Lindor was injured and out for several weeks, Baez seemed like an essential buy to fill the hole in the defense of the team. Baez also provided an option as an infield player at second or third base.
Before joining Mets, in 91 games this season, Baez's hitting was .248/.292/.484 (108 OPS+) with nine doubles, two triples, 22 homers, 65 RBI, 48 runs and 13 steals as an offensive player.
Baez is a two-time MLB All-Star (2018, 2019) and a one-time World Series champion (2016) with the Chicago Cubs. Last season, he also won the MLB Golden Glove Award.
Meanwhile, Friday was supposed to be the day the Mets found out if the original two weeks deGrom had been shut down had allowed the inflammation in his elbow to improve enough that he could begin getting ready to return to the mound. However, the Mets found out that the shutdown had been extended but manager Luis Rojas said an MRI has shown "that it’s slightly improving."