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Baez returns to action after hit by pitch

Zastryzny rejoins bullpen as Duensing leaves for bereavement
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CHICAGO -- A day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch, Javier Baez said on Monday that he was fine, which was verified when he entered in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss in the opener of a split doubleheader vs. the Dodgers.

The Cubs got a scare in the third inning on Sunday, when Baez was hit by a pitch from Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty and had to leave the game. The initial diagnosis was a contusion, and Baez did not need X-rays on Monday. He came on as a defensive replacement on Tuesday and singled in his only at-bat.

CHICAGO -- A day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch, Javier Baez said on Monday that he was fine, which was verified when he entered in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss in the opener of a split doubleheader vs. the Dodgers.

The Cubs got a scare in the third inning on Sunday, when Baez was hit by a pitch from Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty and had to leave the game. The initial diagnosis was a contusion, and Baez did not need X-rays on Monday. He came on as a defensive replacement on Tuesday and singled in his only at-bat.

"I've been hit there, and it's like you lose your breath," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday. "There's so many nerves in that part. It really really hurts, it just hurts. It's in a spot where you have to bend and you can't bend."

Roster move
• The Cubs placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the bereavement list on Monday and recalled left-hander Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa. Duensing posted on Twitter that his grandfather died on Saturday.

Tweet from @BrianDuensing52: Thank you for the thoughts. I lost my grandpa on Saturday. He is in a better place but we miss him dearly already.

Duensing, 35, is 2-0 with one save and a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season. The bereavement list requires a minimum absence of three days and a maximum of seven days.

Zastryzny joins the Cubs for the second time this year. He spent one day with the team on May 8 and threw two scoreless innings of relief against the Marlins.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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