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Cubs send David Ross to the disabled list with concussion

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Cubs send David Ross to the disabled list with concussion

Jon Lester will have to get by without his personal catcher for at least one start.

The Cubs put veteran backstop David Ross on the 7-day disabled list Saturday with a mild concussion. Ross caught a couple foul balls off the facemask Wednesday night in New York and alerted the team of his symptoms.

"I was a little off a couple days ago. I'm probably always a little off. It's hard to tell what's norm for me," he joked. "I had a three-day headache that was going on and some nausea and some small symptoms that were going on the day after I got hit with a couple foul balls."

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Ross and the Cubs said the DL stint is a precautionary move because the 38-year-old catcher hasn't been 100 percent. The team called up Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Iowa to serve as the second catcher while Ross is out.

This isn't the first time Ross has been sidelined with a concussion. He suffered one about 10 years ago when he was bowled over at the plate and hit his head on the ground. 

Then he was on the shelf for two months with the Red Sox in 2013 when he had a concussion, came back too quickly and got hit with another foul ball. 

"It's nice for the 7-day DL where you can just take a step back," Ross said. "I think the main concern is just getting another foul ball. ... [When that happened two years ago,] they ended up sending me home to Florida for two months. I definitely don't want to ever go through that.

"So now, going through that, I recognize the symptoms — the irritability, the headaches, the fatigues, unsettled stomach, some things that I've been feeling a little bit of."

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Ross said he's been feeling OK lately and did "pretty well" on his concussion tests, but he and the Cubs are just playing it safe right now.

"We have to be really careful," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's feeling pretty good today and hopefully [his stay on the DL] is not elongated. Definitely a one-day-at-a-time situation. When his time's up, we'll evaluate it."

Teagarden, 31, has played 172 games at the big-league level, hitting .202/.262/.382 with 21 homers and 68 RBI in 548 plate appearances. Baseball America named him a Top 100 prospect before the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

In Iowa, Teagarden was hitting .294 with an .812 OPS.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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