Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he’s seen of Kris Bryant lately, but it’s been a struggle for the third baseman, who is dealing with a sprained little finger on his left hand that won’t go away.
Long before David Ross was a folk hero in Chicago, he was helping lead the Red Sox to a 2013 World Series championship.
When the Cubs acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the focus was on the left-hander and how the bullpen got a boost. The Cubs didn’t know how important Avila would be until Friday.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has said repeatedly that his team needed to find ways to score runs without just relying on the long ball, and Friday night they heeded his call in an 8-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.
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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has a moderate right hamstring strain and was expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks, the team announced on Friday. Contreras was placed on the 10-day disabled list and Victor Caratini was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Friday is the first time the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber was back at Chase Field since he tore two ligaments in his left knee in a freak collision in the third game of the 2016 season.
There has not been a repeat World Series champion this century. And there’s a reason, as the Cubs are finding out.
When the Cubs acquired Alex Avila from the Tigers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Chicago manager Joe Maddon made a point of saying the catcher was not a backup. Little did the Cubs know Avila would be pressed into regular duty this season because of an injury to Willson Contreras.
A day after Cubs reliever Koji Uehara exited the seventh inning early with an injury, the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strain on the right side of his neck.
The Cubs don’t have to wait too long to get another shot at the D-backs. Starting Friday, Arizona hosts the Cubs for a three-game set at Chase Field.