Dioner Navarro injury: X-rays negative on Cubs catcher's leg

Brian Garfinkel

Navarro had to be carted off the field Wednesday night after a collision at the plate with Chase Utley. Things initially looked bad for the veteran catcher, but initial x-rays didn't indicate any structural damage in his leg.

Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro received some (surprisingly) good news on his injured leg Wednesday evening. When the veteran backstop had to be carted off the field after a collision at home plate, it appeared that he may have broken his leg, but x-rays have come back negative, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Navarro collided with Phillies second baseman Chase Utley on a play at the plate in the seventh inning Wednesday night. Navarro was able to hang on to the ball, but had to sacrifice his body in the process, his left leg crumpling under Utley's weight.

The Cubs are treating the injury as a contusion (bruise), so Navarro could very well be back in the lineup in a few days so long as his follow-up tests don't find something the initial x-rays missed.

Navarro, 29, has played very well this season as Welington Castillo's back-up backstop, batting a stellar .284/.356/.490 and tying a career-best with nine home runs through 61 games. Navarro's slash line is a bit shocking for a guy who hit just .207/.267/.311 from 2009-2011, but he did put up similar numbers with the Rays in 2008, so it's not completely unprecedented.

The switch-hitting Navarro has absolutely manhandled left-handed pitching this season -- 1.231 OPS in 51 plate appearances -- but hasn't gotten many chances against them because Castillo hits from the right side.

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