#Cubs Montero begins rehab

Miguel Montero, who has been on the disabled list since July 12 with a sprained left thumb, began a rehab assignment on Sunday with Double-A Tennessee. When he returns, the Cubs will keep three catchers in Montero, David Ross and rookie Kyle Schwarber. How they’ll get enough playing time is to be determined, Maddon said.

“The challenge will be to keep Schwarb’s bat in the lineup as often as possible,” Maddon said.

Schwarber has played some left field, which is an option, and could be the DH in the three-games at U.S. Cellular Field this month. Montero wasn’t too thrilled about the rehab assignment but Maddon said it was necessary and will most likely be for three games.

“It’s one thing to catch bullpens but there’s nothing like an actual game of baseball, any game, at game speed to really be tested,” Maddon said. “Go test it, see if the thumb holds up behind the plate, at the plate. If it does, I don’t think it will take him long to get back here.”

— Carrie Muskat

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