The Atlanta Braves are reconfiguring their catching unit with four games remaining before the All-Star break. The team announced prior to Wednesday’s game that they had selected the contract of veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy while optioning William Contreras to Gwinnett. The team transferred reliever Grant Dayton to the 60-day injured list to open up a roster spot for Lucroy.
The #Braves today selected C Jonathan Lucroy after optioning C William Contreras to Triple-A Gwinnett following yesterday’s game. The club also transferred LHP Grant Dayton to the 60-day injured list.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 7, 2021
Contreras has struggled of late and has seen his playing time reduced as a result. He season line is down to .204/.278/.387 with a 79 wRC+. While back up Kevan Smith isn’t producing at the plate either, the Braves have long said that they see Contreras as an everyday player and one that needs to see consistent playing time. He would likely still be at Gwinnett if not for the injury to Travis d’Arnaud so there is no debating that he was rushed to the majors.
Lucroy appeared in five games with the Nationals before signing a minor league deal with the Braves. He has appeared in 31 games at Gwinnett and where he was hitting .220/.351/.330 with two home runs.