Cubs get 'good news' on Contreras' hamstring injury


The Cubs got good news regarding starting catcher Willson Contreras and his hamstring injury.

Contreras, who exited early Saturday with hamstring tightness, is day-to-day, the Cubs said Sunday.

"It's actually something that's not too concerning," manager David Ross said. "We'll give him a day or two off and see how he feels.

Contreras left Saturday's loss to Arizona in the third inning, signaling to the dugout in the middle of Seiya Suzuki's plate appearance. The Cubs said he exited with hamstring tightness but were awaiting word on the severity after the game.

Contreras said he's glad he exercised precaution and pulled himself from the game. He doesn't expect to miss much time.

"It makes me feel good that I made the right decision to take myself out of the game," Contreras said. "I can't tell when I'm going to be back, but it's not going to take too long."

Contreras, who was out of the starting lineup Sunday, missed extended time in 2017 and 2019 with right hamstring strains, hence his and the Cubs' precaution. He was getting treatment Sunday.

The Cubs called up catcher PJ Higgins from Triple-A Iowa Sunday as depth, and he's starting Sunday. They also have a dependable veteran in Yan Gomes who's more than capable of carrying a starter's workload.

"I think it was good news from what we expected," Ross said of Contreras.


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