Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said he didn’t feel any dizziness or concussion symptoms after being hit in the helmet by a fastball Monday.
“I feel good,” he said after the Cubs’ 5-3 win over the Brewers at Wrigley Field. "It was a scary moment for everyone when you don’t expect to get hit in the head.”
In the sixth inning, with two strikes on Contreras, Brewers right-hander Devin Williams threw a 93-mph fastball high and inside, directly at Contreras’ head.
After absorbing the impact, Contreras took a few steps toward the mound, with home plate umpire Alan Porter sticking close. Contreras then patted Milwaukee catcher Omar Navárez on the head and continued to first base.
Cubs manager David Ross and an athletic trainer came out to check on Contreras, and he remained in the game.
“You know your staff, and you know your pitchers,” Contreras said, “and if you know that the guy can’t throw fastballs in, I don’t get why you keep going (there.) … I’m not blaming him, I’m not blaming anybody. But it's just part of the game. That was not intentional.”
Williams hit Contreras last season too, in the opening series between the Cubs and Brewers. Before Monday, that was the last time Williams had hit a batter in a regular season game.
On Monday, Contreras was responsible for the Cubs’ first two runs of the game, launching a two-run homer to center field in the fourth inning.