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Cubs feel ‘pretty fortunate’ to sign Jonathan Lucroy, says Joe Maddon

first_imgThe Cubs are thankful they landed Jonathan Lucroy.Chicago needed a catcher after trading away backup Martin Maldonado at the deadline shortly before Willson Contreras suffered a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out for about a month. Jon Lester calls himself ‘weakest link’ in Cubs rotation after allowing 11 runs Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation But, despite the elimination of August waiver trades this season, the Cubs managed to add Lucroy — a two-time All-Star — after he was released by the Angels and became a free agent Wednesday.”To get a player of that caliber right now with everything that’s going on for us, the misfortune, we’re pretty fortunate with the new rules,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters, via MLB.com. “If you just put everything in a box and talk about them all, it’s pretty fortunate.” Related News “We had Maldonado traded away,” Hendricks said. “So yeah, to kind of just fall into that, have a guy available of (Lucroy’s) stature, I think it’s unbelievable. To have him be able to come in, obviously, it’s going to be a pretty easy transition, I think. He’s a guy that’s been around, knows what he’s doing, and he knows some of the guys on this team.”The Cubs finished play Wednesday in first place of the National League Central with a 62-52 record. Lucroy missed about three weeks after he broke his nose and sustained a concussion in early July when he was involved in a collision at home plate with the Astros’ Jake Marisnick. Lucroy is fully healthy now and he’ll split time with fellow Chicago catcher Victor Caratini, Maddon said.”Victor’s done well. This doesn’t put Victor on the shelf,” Maddon said. “They’ll both play. I’ll just try to figure out the best way to do that. I’ve not been around Jonathan a lot. I know he’s had that pretty severe injury this year. But apparently everything is well, but I want to talk to him and see how he’s doing and keep an eye on all of that stuff. It definitely makes us deeper again.”Lucroy, 33, has struggled this season as he’s slashing just .242/.310/.371 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 74 games. But, he’ll provide tremendous value for the Cubs behind the plate, pitcher Kyle Hendricks said. Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report sayslast_img read more