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Willson Contreras: Hits open market
Contreras declined the Cubs' $19.65 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Tuesday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Contreras slashed .243/.349/.466 in 2022 -- a very good individual season -- but he will now join the list of star players to depart from Chicago in the last couple of years as the Cubs enter a rebuild. Contreras is known as a great catcher and should garner plenty of interest from teams looking to add a high-quality piece to their lineup.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: On bench for season finale
Contreras isn't starting Wednesday against the Reds.
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and a strikeout Tuesday against Cincinnati, and he'll retreat to the bench for Wednesday's season finale. P.J. Higgins is starting behind the plate and batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Hits 22nd home run
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Reds.
Contreras is now up to 22 home runs with one more game on the schedule Wednesday. If the catcher plays in the afternoon contest, he'll need two long balls to tie his career high of 24, set back in 2019. Either way, it's been a solid season for Contreras, as the veteran has an .815 OPS across 113 games. It'll be his first OPS above .800 since that 2019 campaign, when he finished with a career-best .888 mark.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Riding pine Monday
Contreras isn't in the lineup Monday against Cincinnati.
Contreras started the last two games and went 0-for-6 with a run and two walks. He'll get a breather while Yan Gomes starts behind the dish and bats eighth.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Sitting Friday
Contreras is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Reds.
Contreras will take a seat after he went 2-for-12 with a double and four strikeouts over a three-game series with the Phillies. Yan Gomes will take over behind the plate and bat seventh in the series opener.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Back behind plate
Contreras will start at catcher in Thursday's game against the Phillies.
Contreras served as the designated hitter in the first two games he appeared in after being activated from the injured list Tuesday, but he will be back behind the plate Thursday afternoon. The Cubs' regular leadoff hitter of late, Zach McKinstry, is not in Thursday's lineup, and Contreras will replace him atop the order.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Activated from injured list
Contreras (ankle) was activated from the injured list Tuesday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Contreras just resumed full baseball activities Friday, and the Cubs did not have a target date for his return at that point. However, they did not need to see much before adding him back to the active roster. It's unclear if Contreras will handle an everyday role right away, but fantasy players can plan on having him available for the homestretch.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Still no timeline for return
Contreras (ankle) resumed full activities Friday but there is still no return date in mind for him, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Contreras has been held out of action since the end of August due to issues with his left ankle. It sounds like he's beginning to feel better, but with the end of the season fast approaching and the Cubs sitting well outside the postseason race, there doesn't seem to be much urgency to rush the star catcher back into the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Progresses to light agility work
Contreras (ankle) recently began doing light agility work in his running progression, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Contreras has been on the injured list with a left ankle sprain since Sept. 6 and will spend more than the minimum of 10 days on the shelf. While the catcher seems to be trending in the right direction, manager David Ross said Friday that Contreras is still progressing relatively slowly and is likely about a week away from returning, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: MRI comes back clean
Contreras (ankle) underwent an MRI on Wednesday that didn't reveal anything too concerning, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Contreras' test results were consistent with an ankle sprain, and he's expected to rest for a few days prior to resuming baseball activities. It's possible the 30-year-old spends more than the minimum of 10 days on the injured list, but it doesn't appear as though he's dealing with a particularly significant injury.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Sent in for MRI
Contreras is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured left ankle Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Cubs placed Contreras on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, but the extent of his left ankle injury isn't yet known. The MRI should shed more light on the matter, and once the results are available, the Cubs will have a better idea regarding whether he'll be able to return from the IL when first eligible Sept. 13. Yan Gomes is expected to serve as the Cubs' No. 1 catcher in the interim.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Lands on injured list
Contreras (ankle) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Sept. 3, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Contreras was not ready to start following a team off day Monday, so the Cubs decided to deactivate him and open up a roster spot. Yan Gomes will presumably serve as the Cubs' regular catcher until Contreras returns.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Remains sidelined
Contreras (ankle) remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.
Contreras has not started a game since the calendar flipped to September, and despite a team off day Monday, he will open on the bench for a fifth straight game. Yan Gomes will get the nod behind the plate Tuesday night.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Not starting Sunday
Contreras (ankle) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Contreras will be on the bench for a fourth consecutive game while he nurses a a sore left ankle. No. 3 backstop P.J. Higgins will get a turn behind the plate Sunday after Yan Gomes caught the Cubs' previous three contests.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Remains on bench
Contreras (ankle) isn't starting Saturday against the Cardinals.
Contreras was removed from Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays due to left ankle soreness and will be out of the lineup for a third consecutive matchup. Whether he's available off the bench remains to be seen, but Yan Gomes will start at catcher and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Still out Friday
Contreras (ankle) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.
The 30-year-old will sit for a second straight game after exiting Tuesday's contest with left ankle soreness. Contreras was cleared of any serious issues after he underwent X-rays and an MRI on Wednesday, but he'll still require some additional time off after Chicago's scheduled day off Thursday. Yan Gomes will work behind the plate in Contreras' place in the series opener at St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Remains day-to-day after testing
Contreras (ankle), who is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, had X-rays come back negative and was cleared of structural damage after undergoing an MRI, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 30-year-old exited Tuesday's contest due to the ankle soreness he's been battling over the past week-plus, and it appears he'll continue to play through the injury since there's no serious concerns. According to manager David Ross the team will "look out for him and his career and his long-term health," though the skipper also said Contreras is "a baseball player and likes to play baseball." Contreras' playing time could be managed down the stretch if the ankle continues to bother him.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Not starting Wednesday
Contreras (ankle) isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Contreras exited Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays due to a sore left ankle and will be held out of the lineup for the series finale in Toronto. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cubs try to avoid using him since the team has a scheduled day off Thursday. Yan Gomes is starting at catcher and batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 212 lbs|
|Birthplace: Edo Carabobo, Venezuela|
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