PHILADELPHIA -- Dioner Navarro has been in collisions before and he'll surely be in collisions in the future.
That doesn't mean he looks forward to them, and after the Cubs catcher had a run-in with Phillies second baseman Chase Utley in the seventh inning of a 5-2 win at Citizens Bank Park, it appeared as if this was one of the worst he had ever encountered. The prevailing thought as he was carted off the field was that the veteran backstop had a broken ankle, but X-rays were negative on his right ankle and Navarro was back in the Cubs' clubhouse on Thursday morning, sore, but able to walk around.
"We're taking it more day-by-day," said Navarro, who has been diagnosed with a contusion. "We'll see what happens in a couple of days. I don't know, it's just a contusion, whatever. There's some inflammation.
"I thought it was going to be worse than it was. I tape my ankles before every game so I guess the tape worked."
For the Cubs, who have used 49 players this season and will most likely surpass the team record of 51 in a season over the next few weeks, Navarro's injury provides some much-needed good news.
"[Navarro] said he thought it was broken, heard a pop and stuff like that," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "I think we're all happy it seems like a pretty good sprain like you did it in a basketball game or something."
"I watched the replay too," Navarro said. "We both did what we needed to do. I guess I got the worst end of it. Being a catcher, you get hit so many times you kind of forget those things. It's up there, that's for sure. Definitely I feel lucky. We did the X-ray and nothing showed up and I'm able to walk today."