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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Javier Baez won't play in Fall League

By Jesse Rogers

MILWAUKEE -- Top Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez will not play in the Arizona Fall League after originally being slated to participate.

"He's kind of emotionally and physically drained after his season and we have no problem with that," general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday. "The other guys like (Kris) Bryant, (Albert) Almora, (Jorge) Soler all had injuries or significant time off. Baez played straight through."

Baez, 20, was second among all minor leaguers with 37 home runs split between Single-A and Double-A. He also drove in 111 runs. The Cubs didn't want to risk injury or further fatigue after a long regular season and playoffs for their 2011 first-round draft pick.

"He had a great season," Hoyer said. "We'll see him in Arizona working out and stuff like that, but he's not going to play in the Fall League."

Hoyer didn't say if the Cubs would send a replacement although he indicated Almora could move up from the taxi squad which only allows him to play up to twice a week.

The Fall League features prospects from all major league teams and begins play next month. Hoyer re-iterated Baez would open next season at shortstop for Triple-A Iowa but would play other positions as well during spring training.