Baez returns 1 day after scary collision

Healthy Heyward sits with lefty Milone on mound for Brewers

Baez returns 1 day after scary collision

MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in Saturday's 11-6 win over the Brewers, one day after a violent collision with teammate Jason Heyward that resulted in a bruise above the infielder's left eye.

"The doctor came and checked me out and everything was fine," Baez said on Saturday before the game. "I told him I was ready to play today."

Baez did not have a headache from the crash.

"The guy's made of steel," teammate Kyle Schwarber said.

Baez's two-run single

Baez and Heyward collided in shallow center field in the sixth inning of the Cubs' 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Brewers at Miller Park as both chased a fly ball by Hernan Perez. Heyward popped up immediately after the incident to get the ball, but Baez stayed on the ground, eventually leaving the game. He did not have to undergo concussion protocol.

"I said, 'When I saw you out there, it was starting to swell, and I was concerned you weren't going to be able to see properly,'" Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his conversation with Baez.

Cubs fans were concerned, and to respond to everyone, Baez posted on Twitter.

"Everybody was asking and I couldn't respond to all the messages, so I put it out there in public," Baez said.

Heyward did not start on Saturday, but that was because the Cubs had planned on giving him a day off rather than face Brewers lefty Tommy Milone. Heyward has a hit in each game this year.

Including Saturday, Baez has started four of the Cubs' five games at second base. Is he the everyday second baseman?

"I haven't even thought about it," Maddon said. "[Ben Zobrist] is at second [on Sunday], and Javy is off."

Maddon does like Baez's defensive abilities.

"I'm going to try to balance it as much as I can," Maddon said. "It's not just about Javy being the everyday second baseman, it's how do you get [Albert Almora Jr.] in the lineup, how do you get [Jon Jay] in the lineup? What you've seen is a good indicator of what we'll be able to do."

Maddon didn't want to name Baez the regular there -- he likes having versatile players to move around.

"It's always about semantics," Maddon said. "Whatever you say, it sticks. People hold you to that. When it comes to baseball players, if you say one thing and try to make him into something else, it freaks them out."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.