Willson Contreras injured a hamstring Saturday while running out a ball that was eventually caught in left-center field.
Unfortunately, that means he’ll be hitting the injured list. It’s unclear how long that IL stint will be:
The #Cubs today placed catcher Willson Contreras on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain and recalled catcher Taylor Davis from @IowaCubs. pic.twitter.com/2cv5EfGcC9— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019
For the moment, that puts Victor Caratini in a starting role. Caratini is hitting .271/.360/.458 (32-for-112) this season with seven doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI. Those are reasonable numbers for a backup catcher, but now Caratini will have to shoulder most of the load until, likely, after September 1.
Taylor Davis played in six games for the Cubs earlier this year and went 3-for-15. He started four of those six games. One of those was May 4 against the Cardinals at Wrigley, where he gave us this unforgettable moment [VIDEO].
Davis is hitting .250/.358/.350 (45-for-180) in 53 games at Triple-A Iowa this season with five home runs. He’s certainly a good clubhouse guy and absolutely a fan favorite. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to play much while Contreras is out, though.