Chris Carter could land on disabled list due to ankle injury

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Astros first baseman Chris Carter could be looking at an extended absence after he was forced to exit last night’s game against the Rangers due to a sprained right ankle.

Carter suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after jumping to catch a high throw from second baseman Jose Altuve. Chandler Rome of MLB.com reports that no X-rays were taken, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch is prepared for the possibility that he’ll require a stint on the disabled list.

“I’m not going to have him out there hobbling around so I pulled him off,” Hinch said. “We’ll re-evaluate him overnight, see how he comes back. It’s possible that he avoids the DL, it’s also very possible he wakes up [Saturday] and we have to talk about what’s next for the next couple of weeks.”

Carter has 15 home runs through 86 games this season, but he’s batting just .185 with a .680 OPS and leads the majors with 115 strikeouts. Jonathan Singleton would likely see increased playing time at first base if Carter goes on the disabled list, but his minor league success has yet to translate against major league pitching.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.