Javier Baez is back on a baseball diamond.
The Cubs' enigmatic young hitter made his season debut Thursday night with Triple-A Iowa, going 1-for-6 with a double and three strikeouts.
"I guess it went well," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I didn't hear anything bad.
"I just heard everything was well, he's fine and we'll just keep moving it forward. But nothing spectacular one way or the other."
Baez spent some time away from the game with family after his sister, Noely, passed away at the age of 21 on April 8, the day before Iowa's first game.
Baez spent more than a week at the Cubs' complex in Arizona at the end of April, tuning up for game action.
"It's been pretty tough, but I learned to deal with stuff," Baez told the Des Moines Register. "No matter what happens, we've got to keep going."
Baez hit 76 home runs in the minor leagues before earning a promotion to in early August last season. He hit nine homers and drove in 20 runs in 52 games, but also struck out 95 times and batted just .169.
He then hit just .182 with one homer and one RBI in spring training before being sent back down to Triple-A.
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Baez was a consensus Top 10 prospect last season and is still just 22 years old. There is more than enough time for him to turn things around and join a Cubs lineup that now has Kris Bryant and Addison Russell packed into it.
And that's exactly what Baez's goal is, according to his interview with the Des Moines Register.
"I'm just trying to make it to the big leagues again as soon as I can," he said.