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
Weather permitting, Jake Arrieta will get the start Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:
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Arrieta is 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA over his last 24 regular season starts. His only loss in that span came when Cole Hamels threw his no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25.
Arrieta has a streak of 24 quality starts in a row, second longest streak since Bob Gibson established the MLB record when he threw 26 straight from September 1967 to July 1968.
Arrieta hasn’t allowed a run in 48 2/3 consecutive regular season innings at Wrigley Field, the longest streak in the ballpark’s history and the longest for any pitcher at his home park since the Phillies’ Ray Herbert threw 54 straight scoreless innings at Connie Mack Stadium spanning 1962-63.
Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed because of inclement weather. No make up date was set.
The two teams will try to complete the series on Thursday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta, who threw a no-hitter in his last outing against the Reds, will start against Milwaukee’s Taylor Jungmann.
The Brewers return to Wrigley Field Aug. 16-18, and Sept. 15-18.
It’s the first game postponed by weather for both teams this season.
What will Jake Arrieta do for an encore? On Wednesday night against the Brewers, the right-hander makes his first start since throwing his second no-hitter. Arrieta is 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA over his last 24 regular season starts. His only loss in that span came when Cole Hamels threw his no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25.
Arrieta has a streak of 24 quality starts in a row, second longest streak since Bob Gibson established the MLB record when he threw 26 straight quality starts from September 1967 to July 1968. In his start after his first no-no last Aug. 30, Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings against the D-backs on Sept. 5.
Miguel Montero is not starting. He was scratched from Tuesday’s game with a stiff back. Here’s the lineup:
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Pierce Johnson gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-2 loss to Oklahoma City. Matt Murton had two hits and two RBI. Dan Vogelbach and Albert Almora also each had two hits.
Jeimer Candelario drove in six runs, hitting a three-run home run, in Tennessee’s 11-2 win over Mobile. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over five innings for the win. Chesny Young had three hits and one RBI. Anthony Giansanti hit a solo home run.
Jonathan Martinez gave up five runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4 loss to Potomac. Daniel Lockhart had two hits, including a double and a triple.
Daniel Spingola had two hits and two RBI and Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI in South Bend’s 7-5 win over Quad Cities. Preston Morrison started, and gave up four runs over five innings.
Prior to Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field, the Cubs hosted Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.’s One Step Camp, which provides children in different stages of cancer treatment with empowering, supportive, and fun experiences. Anthony Rizzo, Justin Grimm, and Adam Warren took time after batting practice to visit with the group, taking photos (and even some selfies), and signing autographs.
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was scratched from Tuesday’s game because of a stiff back, and his status was day to day. David Ross started in place of Montero, who was available if needed later in the game.
“I did not want to start [Montero] and have him come out of the game because the back was stiff,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I prefer starting David and have Miggy inside to get worked on.”
The Cubs expected to carry three catchers this season with Kyle Schwarber joining Montero and Ross, but Schwarber suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this month. So, who is the Cubs’ emergency catcher? Javier Baez.
— Carrie Muskat
Kyle Hendricks gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs’ open a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Brewers. Miguel Montero was scratched prior to the game because of a stiff back. Here’s the updated lineup:
At 14-5, the Cubs are off to their best start through 19 games in 47 years since also beginning 14-5 in 1969. In modern franchise history, the Cubs have been better than 14-5 only one time, when they were 16-3 in 1907.
The Cubs have outscored their opponents this season by 68 runs — 119-51 — the best run differential in the Major. Cubs starting pitchers have 16 quality starts, which also leads the Majors.
Kris Bryant is batting .421 (8-for-19) with two home runs and eight RBI in his last four games. Anthony Rizzo is slugging .580 for the season, and has eight home runs but zero doubles. He’s hit five homers and driven in 10 runs in his last five games.
The Cubs were 14-5 against the Brewers last season.
John Andreoli hit two home runs and Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run blast off the scoreboard in Iowa’s 13-6 win over Oklahoma City. Vogelbach’s homer is believed to have knocked out the letter “A” on the scoreboard. Andreoli finished with three hits and four RBI. Albert Almora had three hits and one RBI.
Victor Caratini had two hits and four RBI in Tennessee’s 6-5 win over Mobile. Chesny Young had two hits and a stolen base. Tyler Skulina gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Myrtle Beach had the day off Monday, and opens a three-game road trip at Potomac Tuesday. Jonathan MArtinez (1-0, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to start.
South Bend had Monday off and faces Quad Cities Tuesday. Preston Morrison is scheduled to start.