Hammy strain ends Contreras' time in AFL

Cubs catching prospect sustains minor injury while running to first base

Hammy strain ends Contreras' time in AFL

CHICAGO -- Cubs prospect Willson Contreras will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after suffering a mild left hamstring strain running to first base on Thursday.

Contreras, ranked 10th among the Cubs' top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline.com, was batting .283 with three homers, five doubles and eight RBIs in 14 games with the Mesa Solar Sox. He was named to the AFL Fall Stars Game, which will be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT (broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com), but Contreras will not participate.

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The catcher felt his left hamstring pop as he ran down the line to first on Thursday, and an MRI revealed a mild strain. The Cubs have decided to take a conservative approach and shut Contreras down.

Contreras, named the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year, is coming off a stellar season in which he hit .333 with eight homers, 34 doubles, four triples and 75 RBIs in 126 games at Double-A Tennessee.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.