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Cubs: Willson Contreras fine after awkward collision with Starlin Castro

Cubs: Willson Contreras fine after awkward collision with Starlin Castro

Willson Contreras said he’s “fine” after an awkward collision with Starlin Castro in the sixth inning of the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. 

With one out and the bases loaded, Yankees third baseman Chase Headley lifted a fly ball to Jason Heyward in right field. Heyward made a strong throw home, but it pulled Contreras to his left up the third base line. Castro tried to cut inside to get around Contreras, but instead clattered into the 24-year-old catcher.

“I thought he was going to stay on third,” Contreras said. “But once the throw was made, all my focus was on the throw. I didn’t expect him to come home. But I’m good.”

It was a scary sight at first, with Contreras face-down on the ground for a bit after the collision. But Contreras — who held on to the ball for the out — got up and stayed in the game, with manager Joe Maddon having no concerns about a possible concussion. 

“As he was responding you could see that he seemed like he was pretty good,” Maddon said. 

Castro retrospectively figured he could’ve been safe had he tried to go to his right around Contreras, but wasn’t trying to intentionally make contract with him. Castro checked with Contreras after the hit to make sure he was okay, too. 

“It’s baseball,” Contreras said. “Those things are going to happen once in a while. It wasn’t intentional. I’m good.” 

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Anthony Rizzo sat out of in the Cubs’ intrasquad scrimmage Thursday, after missing the two previous days of team workouts with lower back tightness.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he felt much better,” Cubs manager David Ross said, “so he’s moving the right direction.”

David Bote filled in for Rizzo at first base. Rizzo remains day-to-day. The first baseman has a history of back injury, and Ross said the Cubs are taking a cautious approach to Rizzo's health during Summer Camp.

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But he was still a presence in Thursday's intrasquad game. Rizzo, in uniform, spent the first few innings of the scrimmage next to the on-deck circle. He chatted with several players, including Ian Happ and Javy Baez, before they headed to the batter’s box. Rizzo then moved to the left field bleachers, bat in hand.

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Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo missed Summer Camp on Thursday as he remains day-to-day with lower back tightness. However, the Cubs first baseman still found a way to take in the action.

Rizzo posted up in the left field bleachers during Thursday's game, which pitted Yu Darvish vs. Kyle Hendricks. He later moved to sit by the on-deck circle.

With no fans in attendance this season, MLB players will likely be stationed throughout ballpark seating throughout games to social distance. The Cubs obviously want to see Rizzo stationed at first base come the regular season, but it would be quite the sight if he or any Cubs get to sit out in the bleachers this year.

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