Not an hour after we checked in on the Cubs catching situation did it change dramatically.
Indeed, according to multiple sources, Cubs starting catcher Miguel Montero, who’s been dealing with a back issue, will head to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday (his last appearance was Sunday).
Although the Cubs have some interesting options to fill in – like Tim Federowicz (indeed, he’ll be the guy) and Willson Contreras – there’s no measuring how important Montero is to this team. He is great on defense, an excellent pitch framer, familiar with the staff and is no slouch on offense, either.
But he’s out:
The Cubs are placing catcher Miguel Montero on the 15 day DL retroactive to Monday. He's had a bad back for… https://t.co/5xQTi9FToJ
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 28, 2016
Maddon said yesterday that if it's long-term issue, Contreras could be called. Sounds short-term, so it's Federowicz https://t.co/4BLeNUh24y
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) April 28, 2016
We’ll have more on this later, no doubt.
UPDATE, from Brett: For more on Federowicz, with whom you might not be familiar, see here. The Cubs will appreciate having Federowicz’s glove around, and anything they get out of the bat – he’s a guy who’s generally always hit well at AAA, and hasn’t quite hit in the bigs – will be gravy. For what it’s worth, sometimes catchers’ bats develop later than other positional players because of the unique demands of becoming a good catcher, and Federowicz is still only 28.
Hopefully Montero’s issue is not that serious, and the Cubs simply decided it was too risk to go even a few days with only David Ross on the roster as a catcher. So, then, they had to pull the trigger on a DL stint for Montero in order to get another catcher in the fold. If that’s the case, then Montero will just get a little extra early-season rest, which isn’t the worst thing in the world.