#Cubs Coghlan has mild ankle sprain

Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a mild left ankle sprain suffered when he crashed into the left field wall. The Cubs wanted to see how he responded overnight, but the outfielder was not expected to play Thursday.

“The word ‘mild’ was used five to six times when I was told about it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He wanted to stay in the game, and I didn’t think that was right. Let’s get some ice on it. When a guy’s swinging the bat, they want to hit. It’s probably a day to day item.”

Coghlan crashed into the wall chasing Sean Rodriguez’s ball with two outs in the Pirates’ fifth. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.


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Is unfortunate that Cogs sustained an injury. We`ll have this. Even if he is unable to go when the NLDS rolls around, one can make the case that Almora Jr. will likely fill in admirably for Chris. The fact that the Cubs will not play a meaningful game until October 7 is challenging, and we knew it would be once the club clinched. Both Montero and Arrieta made comments after Wednesday`s game suggesting the contest felt very much like a spring training game. Jake did not like that Contreras replaced Montero in the middle of the contest, implying that the move upset any continuity. Whatever Wild Card team the Cubs play will have some obvious disadvantages, but one advantage it will have is that it will have played meaningful games right down to this final weekend, or perhaps beyond, and will be playing on a very high competitive level, and will not need to “ramp up” the way the Cubs will need to.

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