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Hamels hurls like he hadn’t left
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I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s poetic offering. We don’t have anything nearly as aesthetically pleasing today. But we do have various choice items available for your infotainment needs as we await a possible Cubs sweep. Recap here.

lunch time!

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views.

The Cubs didn’t have any concrete information after the 4-1 win regarding Contreras’ status moving forward, but he will go for an MRI Monday morning.

”We’ll find out the severity at that point or the lack of it,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Victor was gonna catch tomorrow anyhow; Darvish is pitching. So we’ll just wait and see how it plays out.”

“It’s always a tough blow when you lose a catcher like him, especially the type of hitter he is,” Cole Hamels said. “He’s an All-Star. You don’t find them out there [on] the waiver wire and you don’t find them as free agents right now.

”We just have to take care of it. I know Caratini’s gonna get the bulk of it, but he’s been playing well. It’s just a matter of seeing what we can do with the options that we have.” — Tony Andracki.

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