This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Cubs shortstop made an early exit Sunday after suffering what is being called a heel contusion. The team is optimistic the injury is mild and Baez is hopeful that he will not miss any time. However, injuries to this area can be difficult to manage and cause other potential problems.
The heel is formed by the posterior end of the heel bone, clinically known as the calcaneus. The calcaneus acts as the anchor point for the Achilles and multiple muscles of the foot. It is protected by a complex layer of fat and protein fibers, designed to cushion and assist with weight bearing and load distribution.
A heel contusion usually involves this fat pad, though more severe cases may involve the calcaneus itself. Athletes managing heel contusions often report swelling and pain with weight bearing movements like walking and running. While treatment options like ice can help with the associated symptoms, time remains the best course of care. For example, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered a heel contusion last season and missed nearly three weeks recovering.
We should have a better idea of Baez's short- and long-term availability over the next few days. For now, have a replacement option readily available and hope Baez is back in action quickly.
The Arizona outfielder continues to battle lingering stiffness in shoulder and back. The specific area of concern is the trapezius, a broad muscle that extends from the neck down the middle of the back and across