Cubs' Willson Contreras exits vs. Cardinals with hip issue

Contreras exits vs. Cardinals with hip problem initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Willson Contreras’ night ended early Saturday versus the Cardinals as the Cubs catcher left with best hip tightness.

Contreras shook his head as he strolled back to the dugout in the middle of the 3rd inning, indicating the Cubs dugout he was not feeling right.

Catcher Erick Castillo took control of behind the plate in the bottom of the 3rd. The Cubs called him up from Triple-A on Thursday after Austin Romine went on the hurt list.

Castillo, who made his MLB launching Thursday, is the longest-tenured gamer in the Cubs company — beyond Contreras.

If Contreras does not play in Sunday’s season ending, he’ll complete with a .237/.340/.438 slash line, 21 crowning achievement and 57 RBIs in 128 video games this season.

“It was an up and down season,” Contreras stated Friday of his private project. “I gave my best. I did my best day in and day out, and that’s why I’m going to leave with my head up high.”

Contreras has actually been among the most resilient catchers in baseball this season, ranking seventh in MLB in innings captured (933 2/3) getting in Saturday in spite of missing out on 3 weeks post-All-Star break with an ideal knee sprain.

The Cubs have actually leaned greatly on him while losing numerous backup catchers to injury. Castillo is their 8th backup utilized in 2021.

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