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Willson Contreras Departs Game With Apparent Leg Injury (UPDATES: MRI Tomorrow, DL Likely)

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This has really been a bad 10 days for the Cubs, who are poised to lose a series to the terrible, terrible Giants, and worse, could lose Willson Contreras for a while.


Hustling out a grounder in the 8th inning today, Contreras came up lame after first base, grabbing the back of his right leg in a move reminiscent of hamstring strains you’ve seen runners suffer. I’m not saying that’s what this is – and the official word from the Cubs so far is only that it’s a right leg injury – but Contreras had to be helped off the field. Whatever happened, it’s not good.

Per usual, you should steady yourself for a significant absence from Contreras. If it is the hamstring, even the mildest strains frequently cost a player a month of big league action. We’ll update you when there’s more.


For now, Alex Avila looks like he could become the starting catcher for a little while, and the Cubs may have lost their hottest hitter.

UPDATE: As expected, a DL stint is likely for Contreras, who will get an MRI tomorrow. Still, he’s upbeat at least:

If Contreras goes on the DL, you can expect Victor Caratini to return as the team’s primary back-up catcher behind Avila.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.