Cubs Pitcher Breaks Hand in Angry Dugout Rant

The Chicago Cubs have been arguably the biggest disappointment of the 2024 Major League Baseball season.

The Cubs, who went 83-79 a year ago and fell just one game shy of a Wild Card berth, enter the final week before the All-Star break at 42-49 and in last place in the National League Central.

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The Cubs are 11 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and 5.5 games back of the San Diego Padres for the third and final National League Wild Card spot. They’re in last place among the contending NL teams in the standings, only ahead of the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins who are all but officially out of the postseason race.

If all that isn’t bad enough, a Cubs pitcher just suffered one of the more unfortunate injuries of the season over the weekend.

Colten Brewer, a right-handed veteran reliever, suffered a fractured hand on Saturday and was placed on the 60-day injured list. How did he suffer the injury? From punching the dugout wall after being removed from the game.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 06: Colten Brewer #54 of the Chicago Cubs punches the dugout wall after being relieved in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on July 06, 2024…

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Brewer had just completed an outing on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels in which he struggled. Brewer allowed two hits, two walks, and three runs, although only one was earned. He threw 37 pitches and recorded just two outs before being taken out of the game.

When he got back to the Wrigley Field dugout, he let his frustrations out on the wall. However, he learned the hard way that the wall doesn’t usually lose those battles.

Brewer fractured his non-pitching hand and was then placed on the 60-day IL, meaning he’ll be out until at least the second week of September.

Brewer’s frustrations had likely been boiling over as he’s in the midst of a rough year. In 16 appearances, the 31-year-old has a 5.66 ERA and a WHIP just under 2.00. He’s been one of the many pitchers struggling in a Chicago bullpen that has a 4.21 combined ERA, which ranks 19th in the league.

The Cubs will need to turn things around quickly if they want to avoid a sell-off at the trade deadline. If not, this season will be a massive disappointment in the first of a five-year, $40 million deal for manager Craig Counsell, who left the Brewers to join Chicago this past offseason.

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