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Danny Hultzen’s arm, Javier Baez’ thumb, and other bullets

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Cubs lose in 9. Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb. So let’s just give up.

NAH. Dylan Thomas had it right. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Yeah, that game felt like an own goal. So what? In two months you’ll be missing baseball. I’m old — I’m burning and raving at the close of the day. I’m an animal!

Thanks, Sven. Spooky Berwyn!

Yu Darvish pitched well. The Cubs pitched to Christian Yelich.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

The Cubs will be without SS Javy Baez after an MRI revealed a hairline fracture in his left thumb. He’ll see a hand specialist on Monday to determine a timeline but he could miss the rest of the reg season. It means Addison Russell will play full time at shortstop, a position he manned when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. “We have faith in Addy,” Jon Lester said. “We have to rally around each other now. We can do it.” Baez injured himself on a head first slide last Sunday. — Jesse Rogers.

”It’s not like we’re just a one-man band. Other guys have to take care of their component of the game also. Everybody’s gotta do their job and you win.

”It’s not easy. It’s no fun without him, but you don’t go home, you keep playing and you look for other people to maybe rise to the occasion. I don’t want them to try to do more. I just want them to do their jobs.” — Joe Maddon.

Food for thought:

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