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William Contreras assumes starting catcher position for final game of Blue Jays series

As expected, the young catcher is going to get his chance as Atlanta’s starting catcher now.

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My, oh my, how things can change in less than 24 hours! With Travis d’Arnaud being placed on the 60-day IL with a sprained left thumb and Alex Jackson heading to the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring, the Braves now find themselves with two different catchers in their dugout at the moment. William Contreras and Jeff Mathis have both been called up, and Contreras will be starting for the Braves as their catcher for this afternoon. It’s unfortunate circumstances for Contreras, but he’s going to have to take on a ton of responsibility now and he’s going to get every single opportunity to carry the load and prove that he’s the catcher of the future for the Braves.

On the other side of things, the Blue Jays are still taking their sweet time to release their lineups, so we’ll update this post once they add theirs. Stay tuned!

UPDATE (12:52 PM E.T.) — Finally, we have a lineup for the Blue Jays:

As anticipated, Ross Stripling is making the start on the mound. Like the Braves, they’ve also had a busy morning.

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