If Miguel Montero Has to Miss Time, is Kyle Schwarber an Option? and Other Bullets

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If Miguel Montero Has to Miss Time, is Kyle Schwarber an Option? and Other Bullets

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  • The Cubs aren’t getting into too much detail yet on Miguel Montero’s thumb injury, which has been investigated further after initially being described as a jammed left thumb. That could be because they don’t yet know how serious it is. Joe Maddon has indicated that it could be bad, or it could be no big deal (ESPN). Montero has a few days now to heal up, and the Cubs could make a disabled list decision before Friday’s game, and back-date the injury to minimize the time Montero actually has to miss. If it’s that kind of thing – i.e., a short-term injury – you’ll see the Cubs go with David Ross and Taylor Teagarden, each of whom is excellent defensively and in receiving, but leaves a lot to be desired with the bat. If it’s a longer term injury, would the Cubs consider bringing up Kyle Schwarber? Well, for the reasons I discussed yesterday, I still think the answer is no, but Maddon wouldn’t quite rule it out when he was asked. He suggested to ESPN that Schwarber coming up was possible, but that it hasn’t yet been discussed. I’m sure Maddon would love to have Schwarber’s bat available, but it’s still questionable whether the glove can capably handle a big league pitching staff.
  • For now, I’m content to hope very much that Montero’s injury is not serious, and that he’ll be good to go on Friday. Even as his bat has been slumping, the potential for rebound is there, and he’s an excellent catcher.
  • I was traveling yesterday, so I wasn’t able to note that the Cubs activated David Ross from the disabled list (concussion) and optioned Mike Baxter to AAA Iowa. Depending on what happens with Montero, Baxter could be right back on Friday.
  • Chris Coghlan’s league-leading consecutive games-played streak is over at 150, leaving him just 2,482 games shy of Cal Ripken, Jr.’s record streak of 2,632. Sadly, Coghlan was undone not by injury, but by an opposing lefty starter who went deep, a starting pitcher on his own team who went the distance, and a lead that didn’t require any late pinch hits. Such a cruel way for Coghlan to come so, so close, and have the streak end.
  • Joe Maddon discusses the first half for Kris Bryant, and going forward (CSN).
  • If you missed anything this weekend, catch up here. Luke has your minor league equivalent here.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.