Why White Sox matchup could speed up Contreras’ return

USA Today

The Cubs could add some power to the lineup for this upcoming road trip.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (right knee sprain) has several more steps to clear in his injury rehab before he returns behind the plate. But Cubs manager David Ross hopes to pencil in Contreras’ name to the batting order before then.

“We play some American League teams coming up,” Ross said Monday, “So, if he can hit and run the bases, we might be able to get him back a little bit sooner.”

The Cubs play the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field this weekend before heading to Minnesota for a two-game series against the Twins. The stretch of interleague play gives the Cubs a designated hitter spot that they could slide Contreras into.

Contreras leads the team in on-base percentage (.333) this season and is second in slugging percentage (.417), behind third baseman Patrick Wisdom.

Contreras took batting practice on the field Monday before the Cubs’ series opener against the Rockies. Before returning to the field as a catcher, Contreras’ next steps include lateral movement and blocking. 

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