Shortstop Javy Baez out of Cubs’ lineup with soreness in left hamstring

Baez is slashing .234/.272/.494 with six homers and a team-leading 17 RBI this season.

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ATLANTA — Shortstop Javy Baez was out of the Cubs’ lineup Monday against the Braves with what the team said was mild tightness in his left hamstring. Nico Hoerner started at shortstop and batted leadoff.

Baez’s hamstring discomfort started during the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 6-0 loss Sunday to the Brewers, but he remained in the game after meeting with manager David Ross and head trainer PJ Mainville.

Baez has a .234/.272/.494 slash line with six home runs and a team-leading 17 RBI this season.

‘‘He’s a little sore today, checked in with him,’’ Ross said before the game. ‘‘We want to be cautious with the little bit of the [hamstring] tightness. He feels like he could play, [but] I think when I ever see hesitation like that from a player, it’s just safer to give him a day and reassess tomorrow.

‘‘He went through some testing out in the field a little bit and still felt the tightness, so he’ll get treatment today and we’ll reassess tomorrow.”

Bullpen shuffle

The Cubs optioned right-hander Jason Adam to their alternate site in South Bend, Indiana, after their loss Sunday to the Brewers and called up right-hander Trevor Megill in a corresponding move.

Adam has struggled in 2021 after delivering a solid season in 2020. He had a 9.45 ERA with 10 strikeouts and six walks in eight appearances this season before being sent down.

To make room for Megill on the 40-man roster, the Cubs moved right-hander Rowan Wick (rib muscles) to the 60-day injured list.

Wick had been trending upward and was beginning to increase his workload after his injury, which cost him almost all of spring training. But after feeling some soreness in the wake of his most recent bullpen session, the Cubs hit the brakes on him.

‘‘[Wick] is doing OK, [but] he got a little bit of soreness in between bullpens,’’ Ross said. ‘‘Things were progressing really fast, and I think some of the abdominal stuff popped back up. The oblique stuff popped back up just from a soreness standpoint, so we just slowed it down a little bit. It just makes more sense to slow him down.’’

Megill pitched a scoreless sixth inning in his major-league debut, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two.

Catcher Romine goes on 10-day IL

The Cubs put catcher Austin Romine on the 10-day IL with a strained left wrist. It’s the second stint on the IL for Romine, who missed 11 games to start the season with a sprained right knee. Catcher Tony Wolters was selected from the alternate site to take Romine’s spot on the 26-man roster.

To make room for Wolters on the 40-man roster, the Cubs moved right-hander Jonathan Holder (sprained right shoulder) to the 60-day IL.

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