CHICAGO -- Cubs infielder Javier Baez is feeling better a day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch.
Baez was out of the starting lineup for Chicago's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, but he could return as soon as Tuesday. He says his elbow is still pretty swollen, but he feels good and no X-rays were needed.
"I'm good," Baez said Monday. "It feels pretty solid. One more day."
Baez got hit by Jack Flaherty in the third inning of Sunday night's 5-0 loss at St. Louis. Baez, who leads the Cubs with 14 homers, says he knew he was going to be OK once the feeling returned to his arm.
"That's a tough one right there,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "I've actually gone through that particular instance, and it stings and you want to throw up and it's hot, but you actually come out of it.
"He's a tough kid. I'm not totally surprised that he's fine. It's just an awkward spot when it happens."
Baez says Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina texted him Sunday night to see if he was all right.
Also Monday, the Cubs placed reliever Brian Duensing on the bereavement list and recalled left-hander Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa. Duensing's grandfather died Saturday.
"He is in a better place but we miss him dearly already," Duensing posted on his Twitter account.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.