Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth in Sunday's game against the Reds. Contreras got days off both Friday and Saturday, but he had started 14 straight games before that, so a little extended rest was well-earned by the backstop. Contreras is slashing a strong .315/.424/.596 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI through 46 games this season.
Contreras is not in Saturday's lineup against the Reds. He is hitting .348/.430/.561 with four home runs in 66 at-bats in May. Victor Caratini is starting behind the dish, hitting sixth.
Contreras is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds. Contreras will return to the bench Friday after starting the last three games and going 2-for-11 with one RBI and two walks. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a productive May with a .338/.423/.544 slash line in 20 games. Victor Caratini will start behind the dish and bat sixth for the Cubs in his absence.
Contreras will sit Monday against the Phillies. The Cubs have gotten into a pattern of sitting Contreras every fifth day, with Yu Darvish receiving a personal catcher, first in the form of Taylor Davis and now with Victor Caratini. Expect that pattern to continue for the foreseeable future.
Contreras went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and a walk Friday night against the Nationals. Contreras joined the party in the ninth inning with a two-run blast to right center, extending Chicago's lead to 10. The 27-year-old leads National League catchers with 11 homers, and he's driven in 29 through 39 games this season.
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