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New York Mets place star Javier Baez (back) on IL

Aug 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) reacts after hitting a ball off his leg against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) reacts after hitting a ball off his leg against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets placed newly-acquired infielder Javier Baez on the 10-day injured list with back spasms in advance of Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baez, 28, was acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the July 30 trade deadline and is a free agent at the end of the year. He is the 16th player currently on the Mets’ injured list.

With regular Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor on the injured list, Baez was starting in his place for the past two weeks and was hitting .171 (6-for-35) with two home runs in 10 games for his new club.

Over 101 games with the Cubs and Mets this season, he is hitting .241 with a .285 on-base percentage and 24 home runs with 68 RBIs.

The Mets recalled infielder/outfielder Travis Blankenhorn in a corresponding move. Blankenhorn was 3-for-15 in 15 games for the Mets earlier this season.

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–Field Level Media