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."
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.