The Chicago Cubs' quest to take home another NL Central crown has just been made infinitely harder thanks to an injury to their All-Star catcher.
Willson Contreras left the Cubs' matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers after sustaining a hamstring injury while running out of the batters' box. In response to this, Contreras was placed on the 10-day IL. He's expected to miss around a month with the injury.
The All-Star was in the middle of his finest season to date, hitting .275 with 19 home runs while driving in 57 runs and posting an OPS+ of 127.
Contreras' injury leaves Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis, who was just recalled from Triple-A Iowa, as the only catchers left on the Cubs roster. Caratini is hitting .264 on the year with five home runs and a 107 OPS+.
From his power to his glove and ability to call a game, this next month will be incredibly difficult for the Cubs as they try to replace Contreras.