Contreras, who has consistently performed better in the first half of seasons, could excel during a shortened 2020 slate, Max Goodman of SI.com reports.
For his career, Contreras has posted better offensive numbers across the board in the first half of seasons. Last year, he led the Cubs with a .294 average and .965 OPS through 82 games. This isn't particularly surprising, given the wear and tear that comes with playing catcher. Contreras could end up benefiting from a shortened schedule, especially if teams are allowed to operate with expanded rosters and Chicago decides to keep a third catcher on the roster.
Contreras went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.
Contreras has been chugging along this spring, posting a .292 batting average and .930 OPS in Cactus League play. The 27-year-old catcher had a solid 2019 campaign with 24 home runs and 64 RBI, and he should once again be one of the top options at the position in 2020.
Contreras agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs, avoiding arbitration, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
This is his first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player, and $4.5 million is a pretty good haul for such a player. There have been trade rumors surrounding Contreras for much of the offseason, and interested teams can now be certain how much they would have to pay Contreras in 2020.
Contreras is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.
Contreras hasn't had his typical heavy workload since the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Jonathan Lucroy starts behind the plate on this occasion.
Contreras is not starting Thursday against the Pirates.
The Cubs are resting most of their starters for Thursday's series finale with no shot left at making the playoffs. Jonathan Lucroy is starting behind the dish in this one.
Contreras is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Contreras was held out Saturday to get some rest, and he will open on the bench for a second straight day Sunday with Victor Caratini catching Yu Darvish like he usually does. Contreras should be available to pinch hit and figures to be back behind the plate for the Cubs' next game Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Contreras is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Contreras will take a seat after starting five straight games, with Victor Caratini starting at catcher and batting sixth in his place. With the Cubs battling for a playoff spot over their final eight games, expect them to ride Contreras fairly hard the rest of the way.
Contreras is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Contreras will take a seat Sunday after starting the first two games of the series and going 3-for-8 with two home runs, three runs scored and two RBI. Victor Caratini will start behind the plate and bat sixth in the series finale.
Contreras went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, a third run scored and a walk during a 17-8 victory over the Pirates on Friday.
The Cubs catcher went deep twice against Pirates starter Steven Brault in the first three frames. The first long ball gave Contreras a new career high in the homer category, and he set a new high-water mark in runs too. Contreras is batting .283 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, 52 runs and one steal in 318 at-bats this season.
Contreras is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.
He is hitting .316 with two home runs this month but is 0-for-11 over his last three games. Victor Caratini starts behind the dish and will hit fifth.
Contreras isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.
Contreras will take a seat after going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee. Victor Caratini will draw the start behind the dish and is set to bat fifth.
Contreras is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
It's his second straight day out of the lineup. Thankfully, this was all part of the plan from the beginning and is not indicative of a setback; Contreras told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that the plan to ease him back from his hamstring injury included Friday and Saturday off. He should be back behind the plate Sunday.
Contreras is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
He is coming of a huge 4-for-5 game against Milwaukee on Thursday but will make way for Victor Caratini in the second game of this four-game series.
Contreras went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's 10-5 win over the Brewers.
Contreras returned from the injured list Tuesday, and the slugging catcher has hit the ground running. In two games, he's now 6-for-8 with two home runs to get to 21 long balls for the season. Contreras certainly looks healthy and ready to put up big numbers the rest of the way.
Contreras went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's victory over the Mariners.
Contreras was activated from the injured list before the game and wasted no time picking up where he left off, launching a 450-foot moonshot to left center field in the second inning. The 27-year-old ended up missing 27 games with a hamstring injury suffered in early August. He remains one of the best hitting catchers in the game, compiling a .279/.369/.537 slash line with 20 homers and 58 RBI in 344 plate appearances this season.
Contreras (hamstring) is catching and batting sixth Tuesday against Seattle.
As expected, Contreras has been activated from the 10-day injured list and will immediately enter the starting nine. He's set to catch for Jon Lester in his first game back from a hamstring injury.
Contreras (hamstring) will be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against Seattle, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The move hasn't been made official just yet, but skipper Joe Maddon stated that Contreras will return for Chicago's only game against the Mariners. He's been on the injured list since Aug. 4 due to a right hamstring strain.
Manager Joe Maddon said that Contreras (hamstring) could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list at some point during the Cubs' four-game series in Milwaukee that begins Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Contreras began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa over the past weekend, going hitless in four at-bats while logging nine total innings behind the dish. The Cubs will likely check in with Contreras on Monday and see how he's feeling after Sunday's rest day before determining his next step. Contreras has been sidelined since Aug. 4 with the right hamstring strain.
Contreras (hamstring) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Contreras took batting practice on the field and ran the bases with no issues Thursday, clearing the way for him to return to game action. He's scheduled to catch 2-to-3 innings in his first game before ramping things up from there. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com, Contreras is slated to spend about one week with Iowa, depending on his progress, before rejoining the Cubs.
Contreras (hamstring) took batting practice and ran the bases Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Contreras continues to make encouraging progress as he works his way back from a strained right hamstring that has kept him on the shelf for most of August. If the backstop responds well to his increased activity, he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment later this week or early next week. He's trending toward an early-to-mid-September return, barring setbacks.
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