#Cubs Montero to DL

Miguel Montero is headed to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday. The Cubs catcher has been bothered by lower back stiffness since the weekend.

“It’s a little tight,” Montero said Thursday. “It’s not fair for me to go out there and try to push it harder and be even worse for the rest of the year.”

The Cubs were to call up Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa to take Montero’s spot. The roster move was not formally announced until Federowicz arrived from Des Moines.

Montero, 32, did undergo an MRI on his back. He was surprised it had not loosened up after not playing for four days and they need to get the inflammation down.

“I wish I had the right answer for why it happens — I guess it’s age,” Montero said. “It’s something that’s there, it’s been there. I’ve been able to control it and do my core exercises. Sometimes I play the whole year without any problems and sometimes it gets a little bit annoying because it’s a really uncomfortable feeling.”

David Ross, 39, was to catch Jake Arrieta on Thursday and be matched up with Jon Lester on Friday. Federowicz would likely catch John Lackey on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

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