Mesa falls, Baez likely done for AFL season

The Solar Sox lost a 7-2 decision to Surprise on Monday, dropping their record to 4-13, and got more bad news off the field.

The Cubs’ top prospect, Javier Baez, went to see a specialist to look at a possible fracture in his left thumb, an injury that will likely end his fall campaign. Mesa will now have to find a way to replace the league leader in home runs and RBI. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs believe the 19-year-old broke the tip of his thumb while celebrating on Saturday. The injury is not expected to impact Baez’s readiness for Spring Training in 2013.

On the field Monday, the Cubs struggled. Starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks over three innings. He did strike out a pair.

Rubi Silva led off for Mesa, and recorded a hit and a walk in five at-bats, but he struck out in his other three appearances.

Mesa heads to Phoenix on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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