Right-hander Carter Stewart was No. 2 on my draft board last spring and went No. 8 overall to the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 draft, but didn’t sign with the team after a disagreement over something that arose in his post-draft physical. Stewart never missed any time and decided to attend junior college rather than going to Mississippi State, where he had committed, a move that allows teams to draft him again this year.
I saw Stewart on Wednesday at Eastern Florida State College, right near his home in Melbourne, after hearing very mixed reports on him from his first half-dozen outings. He’d come into the spring in worse condition, although he seems to have worked himself into shape and I thought his body looked fine. He’s had outings where scouts said he looked like he was a top-15 pick, and some where he didn’t look like a first-rounder. Wednesday’s outing was the latter, as Stewart walked five in four-plus innings and didn’t show the same stuff he’d shown last year that made him the top prep player on my board.
Cubs SS Baez to have MRI on right heel
CHICAGO — Though the Chicago Cubs don’t believe the injury is serious, shortstop Javier Baez is getting an MRI on his injured right heel as he’s not in the starting lineup for the second straight game.
Manager Joe Maddon indicated Baez told him on Monday he was still hurting.
“Just that it’s sore,” Maddon relayed before Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He keeps using the word sore. I just want to make sure that’s all it is.”
Baez was injured Sunday night against the Washington Nationals when he charged a ball and then threw awkwardly to first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. He left that game and hasn’t played since.
“I didn’t twist it or anything,” Baez said. “I just went too hard to the ground and me heel kind of got jammed a little bit … All the time I was running it didn’t bother me. When I got to the dugout it was kind of pumping a little bit. It’s just a bruise.”
Baez is hitting .319 and is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. Addison Russell has started the last two games in his place.
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Yelich was slated to play right field and bat second in the original lineup. He was instead replaced by Ben Gamel.
Yelich missed five games earlier this season after injuring his lower back on an attempted steal against the Mets on April 28.
Entering Tuesday’s games, the 27-year-old Yelich leads the National League in home runs (19) and stolen bases (9), is second in runs (40), third in RBIs (41) and is fifth in the league with a .325 batting average.
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Simmons was hurt while trying to beat out an infield hit in the eighth inning of Monday night’s loss to the Twins.
X-rays were negative, but the MRI confirmed the Grade 3 sprain. Simmons will see a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday, the team said.
Also, Shohei Ohtani will play Tuesday night against the Twins after taking a ball off his right finger while swinging at a third strike on Monday against Minnesota.
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