Cesar Hernandez needs season-ending thumb surgery

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Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez has been diagnosed with ligament damage in his left thumb and will undergo season-ending surgery, the team announced.

Hernandez suffered the injury during a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in Sunday’s game.

Hernandez got the first extended opportunity of his career filling in for Chase Utley at second base and posted good first-half numbers, but the 25-year-old switch-hitter has cooled recently and finishes the season hitting just .272 with one homer and a .687 OPS in 127 games.

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.