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Baker to miss time after taking foul to throat

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CHICAGO -- Catcher John Baker will likely miss a couple of games after taking a foul tip off his throat in Wednesday night's win over the Mets.

It is unclear exactly when Baker was hit. At no point was he attended to by the team's medical staff, and there was no noticeable break in the action. He also was able to finish the game.

Manager Rick Renteria said before Thursday's series finale against the Mets that he was unsure whether Baker would be available to pinch-hit if needed.

Baker had only assumed starting catching duties on Tuesday after Welington Castillo was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his rib cage.

Eli Whiteside, who was called up from Triple-A Iowa when Castillo went on the DL, will take over catching duties until Baker is able to return.

"Eli is very polished, a very good professional," Renteria said. "In terms of catching, I don't think that you'll find a whole lot of people who would say anything negative about Eli's ability to receive. Very soft hands, and calls a good game.

"We're very comfortable with him being able to get behind the plate here for two or three days, or whatever it has to be."

John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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