Latest Willson Contreras News

Sánchez pitches into 9th, slugging Nats roll past Cubs 9-3

Aug. 23, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez wanted to help his weary teammates with a strong performance on the mound. The solid afternoon at the plate was an unexpected bonus. Sánchez pitched one-hit ball into the ninth inning and helped himself with two perfectly placed bunts, leading the Washington...

Rizzo celebrates, Cubs beat Reds 12-5 for biggest lead

Aug. 8, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's 30th birthday celebration had a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. Rizzo had a pair of hits on his big day, Nicholas Castellanos added to his Chicago surge with a pair of homers and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Thursday night for their biggest NL...

Happ's slam leads Quintana, Cubs over Athletics 10-1

Aug. 7, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ and José Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that's good news for the Chicago Cubs. Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday....

Cubs sign catcher Jonathan Lucroy to plug gap behind plate.

Aug. 7, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Manager Joe Maddon says the Chicago Cubs have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The 33-year-old Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels last Friday, then cleared waivers and was unconditionally released by Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 10-year-veteran and two-time All-Star is...

LEADING OFF: Greinke goes for Houston, Yanks crush at Camden

Aug. 6, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ZEROED IN Zack Greinke makes his Houston debut, joining an Astros rotation that is on quite a roll. Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, newcomer Aaron Sanchez and the starters for the AL West leaders are 14-1 in their last 17 games — the Astros held Seattle to...

Cubs place closer Kimbrel on IL with right knee inflammation

Aug. 6, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list Monday and announced All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will be sidelined for four weeks with a right hamstring strain. The pair of injuries will test Chicago's depth and the ingenuity of its front office as it tries to...

Cubs hold off A's for wild 6-5 win

Aug. 6, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Led by Javier Báez, the Chicago Cubs had enough offense Monday night to make up for the absence of Willson Contreras. They missed Craig Kimbrel — a lot. Báez went deep twice on the fifth anniversary of his major league debut, and the Cubs held on for a wild 6-5 victory over...

Darvish, Heyward help Cubs sweep Brewers with 7-2 win

Aug. 4, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After a frustrating start with the Chicago Cubs, Yu Darvish is starting to live up to his big free-agent contract. Darvish pitched five effective innings, Jason Heyward drove in three runs and the Cubs beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series. Heyward...

Cubs' Contreras on injured list with hamstring strain

Aug. 4, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras has gone on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. Contreras was hurt Saturday against Milwaukee while running to first on a fly ball. He limped off the field and sobbed in the dugout. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. "Once we...

LEADING OFF: Verlander, Astros on a roll, a new Yanks injury

Aug. 4, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: POWER ARM Justin Verlander will try to keep up his impressive strikeout roll — and the blazing run by Houston pitching — when the Astros host Seattle. Verlander starts a day after Houston newcomer Aaron Sanchez made an impressive debut, combining...