Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher should return by end of season

Willson Contreras should be back in time to help the Cubs in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get most of the way there without him.

The team told reporters Friday (via the Chicago Tribune) that Contreras has been diagnosed with a moderate right hamstring strain, which typically sidelines a player for four to six weeks. They hope the catcher is pain-free within two weeks and will evaluate him from there.

“If Eck was around, he’d know who we are,” Price told reporters (via the Boston Herald). “He’s never in the clubhouse. Mr. [Jerry] Remy is always in here. [Play-by-play announcer] Dave O’Brien is always around. Mr. [Mike] Timlin, on the road trip, was always in the clubhouse. (Eckersley is) the one guy I’ve seen in my career that doesn’t ever show his face in the clubhouse. There’s a reason behind that.”

Several of Price’s teammates reportedly stood and applauded on the plane after Price’s outburst.

“I’m standing up for my teammates. That’s it,” Price said. “That’s who I am. That’s who I always have been, and that’s who I will continue to be.”

Price conceded that he could have handled the situation better.

“I could have handled it probably a different way, but ever since that happened, he’s been really good,” Price said. “Said a lot of positive stuff MLB Cheap Jerseys From China about everybody in this clubhouse and this is one band, one sound. Gotta NBA Jerseys For Sale have everybody on board. That’s that.”

Price said he plans to speak with Eckersley, but when asked if that would involve an apology, he said, “When he’s around, we’ll speak face to face. I’m sure you’ll all hear what’s said. That’s the way it goes.”