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MLB: Cubs C Willson Contreras out vs. Reds

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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras did not start Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, but manager David Ross said he’s not expected to miss too much time.

Contreras left the Cubs’ 8-6 loss at Cincinnati on Friday because of tightness in his right thigh after running to first on a fifth-inning single.

“Willson feels better today,” Ross said before Saturday’s game. “A little bit sore. Talked to him. Feels like he could play if he needed to. I don’t think that’s in his best interest right now.

“I think in an emergency situation, he could catch for us.”

Ross indicated the team would be cautious with Contreras, and that the veteran would not likely play in the team’s Sunday afternoon game, either.

“We’ll try to be smart,” Ross said. “He’s going to have a heavy workload; he’s a guy we’re going to lean on all year.”

In 25 games this season, Contreras is hitting .238 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs.

Tony Wolters started for Chicago in Contreras’ absence.

The Cubs also optioned left-hander Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Iowa and recalled right-hander Keegan Thompson from the alternate training site.

–Field Level Media

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