Willson Contreras Could Be Back in Time to DH Against the White Sox

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Willson Contreras Could Be Back in Time to DH Against the White Sox

Chicago Cubs

A quick little pre-game update on Willson Contreras, who has been out since August 12 with a right knee sprain.

We could see Contreras back as soon as Friday when the Cubs open a three-game set on the South Side:

Say what you will about the merits of better game outcomes for the Cubs, but you can’t argue that playing without Willson Contreras has been tough on the Cubs. As long as he’s fully healthy and there’s no risk of any kind of longer-term issue, then I say God bless, bring him back and let him hit, especially with the ability to use the DH for five games.

After that, we get into September, and the rosters expand to 28, which means the Cubs could try to figure out a way to keep all three catchers around in any case. For the purposes of protecting Contreras post-knee issue and after a very heavy workload this year, I hope the Cubs do keep Robison Chirinos and Austin Romine around. What’ll be trick is that an expansion to just 28 roster spots is only two extra players, and the Cubs may want to see some other potential Rule 5 guys before the end of September. But we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.

Author: Brett Taylor

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