Cubs not ruling out trip to injured list for shortstop Javy Baez

Baez missed his second consecutive game Tuesday with a strained left hamstring.

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ATLANTA — The Cubs have had some tough luck with injuries in the last week, and shortstop Javy Baez is among the players dealing with one. Baez was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day Tuesday because of a strained left hamstring.

Baez, who suffered the injury Sunday against the Brewers, got treatment Monday and Tuesday but didn’t do any on-field agility work. The Cubs must be cautious with Baez, and putting him on the injured list isn’t out of the question. Their bench is undermanned right now, with several players dealing with minor injuries.

‘‘If he can’t go or we think that’s something that is going to take multiple days, then, yeah, it makes sense to put him on the injured list,’’ manager David Ross said before the Cubs’ 5-0 loss to the Braves. ‘‘It’s tough to play with too short of a bench. We want Javy to be healthy and are still really early in the season, so pushing him too hard doesn’t make a lot of sense.

‘‘But if he feels good and he bounces back and all the tests show [good results], we’ll push forward. I don’t want to be too cautious. If he feels like he’s ready, we’ll go forward. But we’ll let the trainers do their job, and I’ll rely on our medical staff.’’

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

Bryant out, too

Kris Bryant also was out of the lineup as he deals with discomfort in his right biceps. Ross said Bryant first felt the discomfort on a throw during the Cubs’ homestand last week.

Bryant has been playing exclusively in the outfield since Joc Pederson went on the 10-day IL. The biceps issue hasn’t affected his offense, however, as his .289/.375/.618 slash line and six homers, seven doubles and 16 RBI indicate.

‘‘He has got some stuff going on with his biceps that he’s been playing through for a while that’s just been bothering him,’’ Ross said. ‘‘He’s been getting treatment and trying to play through it. It’s just starting to bark a little bit.’’

He said it

‘‘I have confidence in my teammates and this lineup. I know that we started really slow, but lately we’ve been catching up to our expectations. We’ve been having a lot of good at-bats, and that’s what makes us better. We just have to keep making adjustments and keep playing the game that we’ve been playing.’’ — Catcher Willson Contreras, on the Cubs’ offensive improvements

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