Javier Baez injury update: Cubs star dealing with hamstring tightness

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The Cubs second baseman flipped his bat after popping out in Wednesday's game against the Pirates, leading teammates to talk to him.

Javier Baez's bat flip sparks criticism from Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle

The Cubs second baseman flipped his bat after popping out in Wednesday's game against the Pirates, leading teammates to talk to him.

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left Thursday's spring training game against the Padres with a hamstring injury.

Baez pulled up after belting a double in the second inning but said after the game the injury isn't serious.

"I felt a cramp," Baez said, via MLB.com. "After I passed first base, [my leg] went back to normal. When I stopped, I felt the cramp. Obviously, [manager Joe Maddon] didn't want me to stay in the game. I'm completely fine, 100 percent. I got some treatment. The [athletic] trainers were all over it, and everything is fine."

Baez, who batted .273/.317/.480 last season while playing exceptional defense, could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday.

"I haven't been drinking a lot of water," Baez said. "I drink water during the workouts, but outside of the workout, it's also important, and I haven't been drinking a lot of water."

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