Contreras went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Cardinals. Contreras took Austin Gomber deep in the fifth inning to record his 10th home run of the season. It marked his first home run since Aug. 1 and only his third since the All-Star break. That long stretch without power is an illustration of Contreras' disappointing season, as his home run production was cut in half from the 2017 campaign.
Contreras is out of the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday. Contreras will receive a standard day off after starting the past two games behind the plate. Victor Caratini will catch Cole Hamels and bat eighth in the lineup during Saturday's matinee.
Contreras is out of the lineup versus Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Contreras will hit the bench after going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts during Tuesday's defeat. Over his past six starts, he's gone just 2-for-24 (.083 average) with one RBI and seven strikeouts. Victor Caratini will catch Jose Quintana and bat seventh in his place.
Contreras is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates. Contreras has started five of the last six games behind the dish, going just 2-for-21 (.095) over that stretch. He'll sit in favor of Victor Caratini in this one.
Contreras will not start Friday against the White Sox. Contreras has been in a bit of a slump lately, hitting just .167/.286/.214 over the last 16 games. Victor Caratini will get the call behind the plate.