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Chicago Cubs star Javier Baez (back) out of lineup vs. Pirates

May 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) forces out Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier (26) at second base during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was not in Sunday’s starting lineup against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates due to back soreness.

The Cubs have an off-day on Monday, giving Baez a two-day break to deal with the issue. He left Saturday’s game early with back tightness

Chicago manager David Ross expects the two-time All-Star to be back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Cubs open a two-game road series against the Cleveland Indians.

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The 28-year-old Baez recently missed three games in late April due to a hamstring strain.

Baez is batting .257 in 29 games this season. He leads Chicago with 25 RBIs and is second on the club with eight homers.

A .264 career hitter over eight seasons with the Cubs, Baez has 126 career home runs with 403 RBIs in 753 games.

–Field Level Media