Schwarber to join #Cubs; Montero to see specialist
Catcher Kyle Schwarber will be called up to the Cubs on Friday while Miguel Montero may be out an extended amount of time with a thumb injury.
Montero, who jammed his left thumb last Saturday in the first inning, was to see a hand specialist on Friday. He was expected to miss more than 15 days, so the Cubs decided to go with three catchers, including Schwarber, Taylor Teagarden, and David Ross, who was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday.
The Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, and No. 38 overall, Schwarber will not be the team’s every day catcher. His bat will certainly come in handy. Named the Futures Game MVP this past Sunday in Cincinnati, Schwarber was batting a combined .323/.430/.591 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in 75 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season, his first full one as a professional.
He was promoted to the big leagues in June for a six-game stint, including five games in American League ballparks where he was the designated hitter, and Schwarber went 8-for-22 with a home run, a triple and six RBIs.
Montero underwent an MRI last Saturday, and the Cubs had hoped the injury was not too serious. The team expected more details after Montero sees the specialist Friday.
Last Sunday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team had not discussed promoting Schwarber, but obviously, that changed with the medical diagnosis on Montero.
“Schwarber’s always in consideration for what we’re doing in the future,” Maddon said last Sunday.
— Carrie Muskat