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The Daily Chop: Win over Pirates, Albies removed from game, Lucroy recalled, and more

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The Braves leave Pittsburgh with a blowout win, hopefully curing what ailed their offense in the process.

Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Braves made an adjustment to their catching situation on Wednesday, demoting William Contreras to Triple-A Gwinnett in favor of veteran Jonathan Lucroy. The latter has experience and while he may not provide a huge offensive boost, he will at least give Contreras an opportunity to recalibrate in the minor leagues.

The real question for Atlanta becomes: who will finish the season with the majority of playing time behind the plate? Travis d’Arnaud is reportedly progressing well, while Shea Langeliers continues to impress at Double-A Mississippi. Having either of those two options at their disposal would greatly improve upon the current duo of Lucroy and Kevan Smith. Langeliers may not be deemed ready at any point in 2021, but the Braves are in need of some consistency at the catcher spot.

Hopefully some time out of the spotlight will allow Contreras to regroup and rejoin the club within the next few weeks. His raw talent is possibly the highest in the organization, but he needs to prove himself on both sides of the ball. Adding him back to the roster, plus a healthy d’Arnaud, could give the Braves a major boost after the All-Star break. Atlanta just needs Lucroy and Smith to hold down the fort until then.

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