Before the Braves and Cubs concluded their three-game series, the Contreras brothers enjoyed the opportunity to exchange lineup cards. The pregame ritual allowed the siblings to celebrate the first time they have competed against each other at the Major League level.
Willson shared a long embrace with his younger brother at the plate. The younger Contreras playfully ended the hug by lightly slapping his big brother’s head.
“That’s pretty special,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It doesn’t happen every day.”
The Braves recalled Contreras after placing Manny Piña on the injured list with left wrist inflammation. The younger Contreras spent some time as Atlanta’s primary catcher while Travis d’Arnaud was injured last year. He was also part of Atlanta’s Opening Day roster this year, but the plan is for him to spend much of this season working on further developing his skills behind the plate.