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Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez runs to the dugout during the second inning of a spring training game against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, Feb. 24. 

Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. — Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left Thursday’s game in the second inning after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring.

Baez grabbed his leg after rounding first base after hitting a two-run double off Padres starter Jordan Lyles.

Baez limped into second base and signaled immediately for medical assistance and left the ballpark to be evaluated.

Chesny Young pinch-ran for Baez.

If Baez is out for an extended period, the Cubs could take a longer look at Ben Zobrist and Tommy La Stella at second. Ian Happ, who has played extensively in the outfield, also has experience at second.

In the top of the third, Young clipped first baseman Anthony Rizzo as the two chased a foul ball by Wil Myers. Rizzo fell down but held onto the ball as Young was shaken up and was lifted for pinch-hitter Ryan Court in the bottom of the third.

Before the game, the Cubs announced backup catcher candidate Taylor Davis is sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion.

Davis, who delivered a key hit last September that knocked the rival St. Louis Cardinals from playoff contention, revealed that he suffered the concussion Friday after getting hit by a foul tip while catching live batting practice.

Davis said Thursday that he has been hit before, “but nothing like this.”

Davis added that he wasn’t able to eat a full meal until Wednesday and has performed limited work this week. Davis is batting .300 (3 for 10) with a home run this spring.

Victor Caratini, who is competing for the backup catching spot, will start when the Cubs play the San Diego Padres at Sloan Park.


Judge already out for Home Run Derby

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is strongly leaning toward not taking part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, who had 52 homers and 114 RBIs in his first full major league season, won the derby last season in Miami.

"A cool experience," Judge said Thursday. "I enjoyed it all, but I don't think I really needed to go out there and do it again. I won it once. One and done is good for me."

Judge didn't completely rule out derby participation.

"It's a long way away," Judge said.

Judge, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Nov. 20 for loose-body removal and cartilage cleanup, said he is on schedule to be ready for opening day March 29 at Toronto.

"We're right on track," Judge said. "Shoulder has been feeling good. When I got first got down here, there was still a little soreness left in there, but this past week especially it's pain-free."

Judge didn't link the derby with second-half offensive struggle and physical issues.

"The derby wasn't even that big of a toll, to be honest," Judge said. "It's just like taking BP. It really wasn't too taxing. I wasn't trying to swing 110 percent, I was taking a normal 80-, 90-percent swing, trying to make contact."


Correa, Bregman contracts renewed

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Houston Astros have renewed the contract of shortstop Carlos Correa for the second straight year and also renewed third baseman Alex Bregman.

Correa was given a $1 million salary while in the major leagues by the World Series champions. In the unlikely event he is sent to the minors, his salary would drop to $267,500.

Correa earned the $535,000 major league minimum last year, when he was a first-time All-Star and hit .315 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 109 games. His salary in the minors would have been $258,350.

Bregman was renewed at $599,000 in the major leagues and $269,700 in the minors, up from $539,400/$97,063 last year. He hit .284 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs.

Houston has not yet announced the renewals.

Correa will be eligible for salary arbitration after next season and Bregman after the 2019 season.


Fernandez, Ramirez to be honored at Marlins Park

MIAMI — All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez and Hall of Fame radio announcer Rafael "Felo" Ramirez will be honored by the Miami Marlins with plaques on the plaza at Marlins Park.

Fernandez died in a boat crash in September 2016. Ramirez died at 94 in August.

"Jose, on the field, and Felo, in the booth, each left a lasting legacy," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Thursday. "We wanted to commemorate them with plaques on the West Plaza for our fans and family members. Their memories will live on in our hearts and in our community."

Last season the Marlins encased Fernandez's clubhouse locker in glass. That tribute will be discontinued, and plans announced by previous team owner Jeffrey Loria to erect a statue of Fernandez have been abandoned.


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