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David Ross 'tweak' tests Cubs' 3-catcher system

CHICAGO -- While catcher David Ross was out of the lineup Friday, the Chicago Cubs do not believe his recent abdominal injury is anything serious.

Ross was removed from Thursday’s game against the New York Mets when he injured himself on a swing in the eighth inning. He finished his at-bat, striking out on a bunt attempt that was ordered by manager Joe Maddon to avoid the risk of further injury.

Ross met with the training staff Thursday and again Friday morning, and the injury doesn’t seem to be a concern.

“I don’t know exactly what it was,” Ross said. “Maybe I released some scar tissue or something. I’m 38, and there’s no telling what this body has been through. It was a little tweak, and Joe wanted me to bunt just to make sure I didn’t do anything crazy.”

The Cubs do have three catchers on the roster, not a conventional strategy, but one that came in handy Thursday. Ross had already replaced Welington Castillo in the game, and Miguel Montero was able to take over for Ross.

“The beauty of having three catchers,” Maddon said.