Victor Caratini was off to a hot start in 2019, going 8-for-14 (.571) with three doubles and a home run in his first six games.
Then he broke the hamate bone in his left wrist and was placed on the injured list April 12, expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
After five weeks, right in the middle of that range, he’s back:
Cubs moves: C Victor Caratini activated from the 10-day injured list and C Taylor Davis optioned to AAA Iowa.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 16, 2019
Caratini played in nine rehab games split between South Bend and Iowa and hit .267 (8-for-30) with two doubles.
Taylor Davis, truth be told, isn’t really a major-league player. In the four games he played behind the plate during Caratini’s absence, opponents stole 11 bases without a single runner being caught.
Overall Davis is 3-for-15 (.200) for the Cubs this year with the home run and two walks.
I wish Davis well, he seems like a great, hardworking guy, and he’s likely back in September, if not before. After that, if this year is it for him as a player, I expect management to offer him a coaching or managing position in the organization. I bet he’ll be good at that.
Welcome back, Victor Caratini. He’s in tonight’s starting lineup, as Anthony Rizzo is still sitting with back issues: