Willson Contreras to Have MRI Monday on His Right Hamstring

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Willson Contreras to Have MRI Monday on His Right Hamstring

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You could have predicted the post-game update on Willson Contreras within a few moments of his exit, but just to get you the particulars.

As expected, it’s a hamstring injury for Contreras, who will be getting an MRI tomorrow. In a situation like this where a soft tissue comes up and grabs you, the diagnosis of some kind of strain – however mild (fingers crossed) – is just about a foregone conclusion.

So, then, your expectations are a strained hammy for Contreras, an IL stint, a new catcher coming up tomorrow, and Victor Caratini being the starter for a long time.

A sober reminder that, even if it’s just a mild strain for Contreras, he’s going to miss a month, at least. The Cubs are fortunate to have a quality back-up in Caratini, but he isn’t Contreras (and Taylor Davis isn’t Caratini). This will sting. If the Cubs opt to pick up a depth catcher, they can only grab someone off the waiver wire or from the minor leagues somewhere (not on 40-man roster).

Your realistic hope right now is that Caratini hits really well over the next month, and Contreras is back sometime in September.

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