Cubs injury report: Willson Contreras’ X-rays come back negative

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Injury update: Cubs receive Contreras’ X-ray results originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs received good news on catcher Willson Contreras’ left wrist injury. His X-rays came back negative, Cubs manager David Ross announced Tuesday.

Contreras (left wrist contusion) is out of the Cubs lineup at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but he was scheduled to take swings in the batting cages before the game.

“Hopefully swings go well,” Ross said, “but I think everybody is encouraged by where he's at.”

A 99-mph fastball hit Contreras below his mitt in the 10th inning of the Cubs’ 2-1 extra-innings win at St. Louis on Sunday. After being examined by an athletic trainer, Contreras finished the game behind the plate.

On Tuesday, rookie catcher P.J. Higgins makes his third MLB appearance and second behind the plate.

For the Cubs, who moved one backup catcher (Austin Romine) to the 60-day injured list earlier this month and outrighted another (Tony Wolters) to Triple-A last week, losing Contreras to an IL stint would have been a huge blow for both the offense and pitching staff.

“He knows the shapes of their pitches and where they like to set up to execute pitches,” Ross said when asked about Contreras’ defensive impact. “His target, his communication with them, signs, all those little details that the everyday guy goes through, and learning each individual pitcher and what they like and how to get the most out of them is extremely important.”

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