Cubs’ Willson Contreras fights to come back, season short

MIAMI — Receiver Willson Contreras still has hurdles to overcome before returning from a persistent left ankle sprain.

“You see the end in sight, and some personalities are like, ‘What’s the point of rushing?’ And some personalities are like, ‘I am [ticked off] I am hurt; I want to finish; I like to play baseball’ ” manager David Ross said ahead of the Cubs’ 10-3 loss Monday to the Marlins. “I think Willson falls into that second category of, ‘I’m trying to come back, but I can’t do much with my ankle.’ ”

Ross said during Sunday’s race practice, Contreras felt good moving in a straight line, but the curves were “a little more challenging.”

Don’t just take Ross at his word when it comes to Contreras’ desire to stay on the pitch. He played with his ankle injury for weeks before landing on the injured list earlier this month. He first twisted his ankle in the “Field of Dreams” match on August 11.

Contreras, 30, is also in a contract year with just over two weeks left in the season to affect his market. Health will be a consideration for potential suitors in free agency.

second baseman Nicholas Madrigal (tense right groin) also completed a running and agility program.

Miley marlin mash

left handed Wade Miley allowed seven runs over three innings against the Marlins in his third start to the 60-day disabled list (left shoulder pain).

“I just didn’t execute the throws,” Miley said. “I just couldn’t put the ball on the glove side, I was fighting all the time. And then they made an adjustment and gave up that throw and started diving [the plate]. I had no way to fight him.

The Marlins did most of their damage against Miley on by Bryan De La Cruz Grand Slam in the third round. Because of the shortstop by Christophe Morel throwing error, the four points were not earned.

Brault is heading for a rehabilitation mission

left handed Steven Brault (tense left shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Brault has been limited to nine major league outings this season.

He signed a minor league contract with the Cubs this spring after his physique revealed a triceps injury. The team called him Triple-A in July, but the following month he spent two weeks on the COVID-19 injured list. He landed on the IL with a shoulder injury in late August.

Hoerner taking grounders

Shortstop Nico Hoerner avoided the injured list after straining his right triceps about a week ago. He lined up grounders before the Cubs’ blistering loss.

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