Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas remained unable to play catch or swing a bat on Wednesday because of a swollen and sore left wrist, leaving him questionable for the start of the next big series against the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.

There is no good time for a team to be without its second-leading home run hitter (31), but the timing of this injury is particularly unfortunate.

“Obviously I want to be out there with the boys, playing,” Moustakas said. “Especially right now against these guys. These are a bunch of huge games for us right now, and we’ve got some big ones coming up. I’ll do whatever I can to get back as quick as possible.”

Moustakas was hurt when he was struck on the exposed part of his glove hand by a 107.2 mph ground ball off Harrison Bader’s bat in the second inning of Monday’s 12-2 loss to the Cardinals. X-rays of Moustakas’ wrist and hand came back negative, and subsequent testing, Moustakas said, confirmed that there are no broken bones.