#Cubs Montero sidelined with thumb injury

Cubs catcher Miguel Montero underwent an MRI Saturday on his jammed left thumb, and was not expected to be able to play Sunday. Montero was injured in the first inning. After his at-bat in the second, Montero told Maddon that he had to come out.

Taylor Teagarden, promoted from Triple-A Iowa on July 4 when David Ross went on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, took over as catcher on Saturday. Ross was eligible to come off the DL on Friday, and the Cubs said they wanted to wait until after the All-Star break to activate him but may be forced to have the veteran available.

“We have to figure out the backup,” Maddon said of Sunday’s game.

Teagarden will start at catcher Sunday against the White Sox in the final game before the All-Star break.

— Carrie Muskat


why did we bring Teagarden up and leave Schwarb down? We need to get this kids bat in the lineup….. we aren’t scoring runs

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Schwarber is not major league ready at the catching position, Shay. We were informed of that many weeks ago. The manager commented in late May, I believe it was, that Kyle Schwarber was major league ready as an offensive player, but not so defensively. {The implication was that Kyle was not even `close` to being ready as a backstop.} He was promoted to the majors for that short period recently, you`ll recall, when Kyle could be utilized as a DH vs. those American League teams whom we faced in their buildings. The catching position is very challenging, and there are multiple nuances involved with learning the position. It is prudent that the young man be granted ample time to prepare. I`ve heard it said that, even when Schwarber is deemed ready to be promoted, scouts project Kyle will prove to be a `below average` catcher. It`s his bat, of course, which fans `salivate` for, and which most expect will more than compensate for any defensive lapses. But to expect Schwarber to be promoted anytime soon to augment our unfortunate lack of offense, is unrealistic, and would be unfair to the young man.

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