The St. Louis Cardinals have seemingly seen everything go wrong this season.
They entered the year with high expectations after a few moves to improve their roster.
One player the Cardinals added was former Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.
He entered St. Louis with the task of replacing longtime catcher Yadier Molina.
Contreras has been solid this season for the Cardinals.
He is hitting .264 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI.
His numbers this year are similar to what he has accomplished in the past.
Unfortunately, Contreras might be done for the season with a wrist injury.
According to Katie Woo, Contreras injured his left wrist and the Cardinals are mulling putting him on the season-ending IL.
Things don't sound promising for Willson Contreras, who is out of the lineup today after being removed from yesterday's game with left wrist discomfort. Cardinals are mulling over a season-ending IL stint and will have a definitive answer at the end of the game. #STLCards
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) September 21, 2023
It makes sense to end Contreras’ season on ice with the Cardinals already out of the playoffs.
St. Louis should use these last few games to see what their young players can do.
Contreras signed a five-year contract with the Cardinals this offseason.
So there is no reason to rush him back at the end of a lost season.
The Cardinals have been one of the best franchises in baseball in the past decade.
They are seemingly successful every year, despite not having won any World Series championships since 2011.
It should surprise no one if the Cardinals are back on top of the NL Central next year.
They have too many good players to have another bad year.
Going from worst to first in a division is not something that comes around often.
But, the Cardinals have a great chance to accomplish it in 2024.NEXT: Adam Wainwright Stands Alone With Two-Way History