Cubs News: Chicago Gets Good News on Wilson Contreras Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Chicago Cubs have received some good news regarding the latest Wilson Contreras injury update.
The Chicago Cubs have received some good news regarding the latest Wilson Contreras injury update. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras has been out of the lineup for nearly two weeks with a knee sprain. However, it's beginning to look like he could be back in Chicago's lineup as early as the end of this week.

Cubs manager David Ross told reporters Monday that the club hopes that Contreras can return in time for Friday's series opener against the White Sox. The veteran catcher does have some hurdles to clear before he can begin a rehab stint, such as running the bases without an issue. Nevertheless, this is certainly great news for a Cubs team that's run into injury issues lately.

Wilson Contreras Injury Update

The good news is that beginning on Friday, the Cubs will play five road games in a row against American League teams. That will allow the club to use Contreras as a designated hitter for a couple of matchups until he's ready to return to his role as the starting catcher.

The two-time MLB All-Star was having one of his weakest seasons to date before landing on the injured list. Contreras has recorded 17 home runs and 40 RBI through 104 games so far and while those statistics aren't the worst, his .226/.333/.417 slash line is noticeably below his career average (.258/.348/.455). Hopefully, some time spent away from the game has helped him get back on track, allowing for a strong end to the season.

Unfortunately, Contreras' eventual return will be too late to save the Cubs' season. With a 55-72 record, Chicago sits 22.0 games out of the top spot in the NL Central and 14.5 games back of the final National League Wild Card spot. Still, the return of a fan favorite like Contreras will at least give Cubs fans something to cheer about down the stretch.

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