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Shortstop Javy Baez batted fifth in Thursday’s series finale against Atlanta.

ATLANTA – Javy Baez was back in action for the Cubs in Thursday’s series finale against the Braves, playing shortstop and batting fifth after missing the last three games with left hamstring tightness.

Baez had started to find a groove at the plate before injuring the hamstring, hitting .300 with three home runs in his previous seven games. The Cubs have scuffled the past two games and haven’t been able to generate much offense, having Baez’s back in the lineup should be a welcomed addition in manager David Ross’ lineup.

“I’ve been really bored,” Baez said with a chuckle. “Obviously, watching the game and learning from the game, but I hate being out of the lineup and just watching the game. I need to be out there with the boys, but other than that, I feel pretty good about it.

“I knew it wasn’t anything that was gonna keep me out more than 10 days. We’ve been working with the trainers since it happened, so I’m feeling really good.”

RHP Brandon Workman designated for assignment, Steele recalled

The Cubs took a flier on right-hander Brandon Workman, hoping that he could return to his 2019 form after a disappointing 2020 season. But the experiment has come to an end as the Cubs designated Workman for assignment prior to Thursday’s series finale.

Workman struggled with his command and was hit hard, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 10 games. He struck out 11 batters, but also walked seven in those games.

“I think it’s just a situation where he’s not in a place to perform the way he and we want him to perform,” Ross said.”We need to make a move and get somebody up here that is pitching a little bit better and try to see what they can do.

“That’s the worst part of this job. As a friend, a teammate, someone that I have a lot of respect for, and the way that he works and the effort they put in and gave us every time he came to work. Whether he was doing good or bad he’s the same guy and goes up to the best of his ability.Those conversations are really hard.”

The team recalled lefty Justin Steele from the team’s alternate site in South Bend. Steele has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts this season.

Pederson to join Cubs in Cincinnati (left wrist tendinitis)

Outfielder Joc Pederson is getting closer to making his return from the 10-day injured list with left wrist tendinitis. Pederson has been getting at-bats at the Cubs alternate site in South Bend for a few days. Ross said before Thursday’s game that the 28-year-old outfielder would join the team in Cincinnati as he continues to work back from the injury. Pederson was slashing .137/.262/.235 with one homer and four RBIs this season.

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