CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs manager David Ross praised catcher Wilson Contreras on Sunday for speaking out after he felt some tension in his right hamstring.
Contreras left Saturday’s 7-6 loss to Arizona after he was injured while managing bases in the third inning. Contreras didn’t make the final series lineup against the Diamondbacks, but he’s being considered day in and day out and Ross said it could have been worse.
“I thought it was smart of him yesterday, with some of the inferior things he had,” Ross said. “I mean, it’s a veteran’s move. Like, hey, something’s wrong, let us know. Probably saved us there.
The 30-year-old Contreras, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is batting .258 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games.
Due to Contreras’ injury, the Cubs called up catcher PJ Higgins of Triple-A Iowa and named infielder Ildemaro Vargas for the assignment. Higgins was a starter for Sunday’s game against Arizona.
Higgins, 29, made his major league debut last year, winning 1-for-23 in nine games for Chicago. He’s hitting .417 with a homer and 17 RBIs in 22 games for Iowa this season.
Higgins’ 2021 season was cut short due to a sprained right forearm.
“It’s been a crazy 12 months,” Higgins said. “Honestly, after the injury last year, I was just happy to play baseball. It was my first real injury and it took me out of the game for almost six months.”
Cubs C Wilson Contreras day-to-day with hamstring injury originally appeared on NBCSports.com