Chicago Cubs pitcher Colten Brewer broke his hand hitting a wall in frustration

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs pitcher Colten Brewer vented his frustrations and broke his left hand when he slammed into a wall in the home dugout at Wrigley Field. Brewer, a right-handed reliever, had just been pulled from Saturday’s game when he threw a tantrum that surpassed the 391 pitches he has thrown this disappointing season.

Brewer was waiting at his locker Sunday morning as reporters entered the club. The Cubs had already placed him on the 60-day injured list and called up hard-throwing reliever Hunter Bigge from Triple-A Iowa as his replacement. He spoke in a calm, quiet voice and expressed remorse.

“Emotions get the best of me sometimes,” Brewer said. “Leaving my family, my friends, my teammates, the people of Wrigleyville, it’s just heartbreaking for me right now.”

Lou Piniella, the sometimes volcanic-tempered former manager, had a term for the strange and unusual things that traditionally happen around this team: Cubbie Occurrences. Craig Counsell, the consistently stoic current manager, tried to have “a little empathy” for a pitcher desperate to keep his job.

Brewer was called up for the third inning of Saturday’s eventual 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels when starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks was out with a stiff lower back. Already down two runs, Brewer walked the first batter he faced and then committed a pitching error, helping the Angels to a three-run streak. Counsell pulled Brewer after two outs, and the dugout outburst began immediately.

“You’re hurting the team by doing it,” Counsell said. “It doesn’t reflect well on you. But you also put yourself in the shoes of this is an emotional game. Competition is emotional. And it happens. It’s something you work hard to train yourself to not let it happen to you. But I think most of us have done something like that, (even if it) didn’t lead to that. (Myself included).”

Brewer, 31, signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs last season. Earlier in his career, he pitched briefly for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. He also spent time in Japan and with the Boston Red Sox. He has a 5.66 ERA in 16 appearances out of Chicago’s bullpen.

“The last couple of weeks have been really tough,” Brewer said. “Luck has not been on my side. It’s just everything at once.”

Brewer will see a hand specialist on Tuesday and undergo further tests. He will not be eligible to be removed from the injured list until Sept. 5 at the earliest. The last-place Cubs continue to advance.

“When things like that happen, you know you’ve made a mistake,” Counsell said. “That was the conversation. Then there are consequences for the mistakes you make. It’s an unfortunate mistake. He let his emotions get the best of him. It’s not who he is, but it’s a mistake he made.”

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